“We are not numbers. We are humans and we deserve as much as everyone else even though we’re homeless. I didn’t just leave where I was at and choose to be homeless. I was put out and I needed help.” Testimony of Malvern Reid, Council Committee on Human Services. 7/2/14.
ON BEHALF OF HOMELESS FAMILIES
Before the Council: The Dignity for Homeless Families Amendment Act of 2014, a proposed amendment to the Homeless Services Reform Act, clarifies that families who are homeless must be sheltered in apartments or private rooms, not in spaces with partitions such as the rec centers of this past winter. Advocates, including Good Faith, proposed an amendment to this clarification to ensure families would not only be safely sheltered, but continuously sheltered until suitable alternative housing could be found. This Act has had a public hearing, but no Council action to date. Good Faith testimonies at the public hearing: Rev. James Terrell’s and Rev. John Graham’s testimonies.
In the Courts: On February 28, 2014 a group of homeless families filed a class action lawsuit against DC alleging that placement of homeless families in facilities with temporary partitions violated the Human Services Reform Act’s requirement that the DC government shelter families in apartment-style units and, when none available, in ‘private rooms’. On March 21st the DC Superior Court ordered class-wide injunctive relief directing Department of Human Services to only place families in apartment-style units or private rooms. The DC government has appealed this decision. The appeal will be heard on September 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM in the District Court of Appeals. An AMICUS Curiae Brief, originating at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, has been filed; Good Faith are signers of the Brief.
SAVE THE DATE: October 12, 2014, Sunday, 2 – 4 PM, Second Baptist Church, 816 3rd St. NW, Washington DC.
BIBLICAL ROOTS OF JUSTICE – A CONVERSATION……