Looking for common ground for the greater good
For the past 8 months Good Faith and the Washington Interfaith Network have been working with congregations in Ward 3 on the issues related to the proposed short term housing for families proposed for 2330 Idaho Ave. NW. Recognizing that there is no such thing in Ward 3 as an ideal site, we talked about how the facility would contribute to the greater good, both in Ward 3 and in the city, as we welcomed and cared for our most vulnerable residents – and the moral imperative to welcome our neighbor.
The final go/no go chapter will take place over the next few weeks as the Board of Zoning Adjustment considers the 3 variances needed before the project can move ahead. It is likely that a facility of some size will be built. Moving forward – looking for common ground will require a change of focus by all parties. Good Faith puts forward an unorthodox approach in an “editorial” that is published here first! Read it now.
Reading list for those confronting a world out of focus.
Shelter Census, February 2, 2017: 857 families with 1767 children resided in shelter or transitional housing on this date. 1401 single men and women also resided in shelters.
New hypothermia hotline: 202-399-7093 OR 311.
IN THE NEWS
Homeward DC, 2015-2020. Inter-agency Council on Homelessness Strategic Plan, 2015-2020. Read Executive Summary.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2016 Point in Time survey of regional homelessness. Read report.
Newsletter – current and previous.
Biblical Roots of Justice – Foundation of the Journey for Justice: an interfaith conversation on homelessness and the Journey for Justice for our neighbors who are without homes (10 minutes)