Annual Meeting, Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1:30 PM.
Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW

NO ONE CHOOSES TO BE POOR!
Confronting the Challenges facing DC Chronically Homeless and Families Living in Deep Poverty
Key Note: Programs that Work
Jean-Michel Giraud, President and CEO Friendship Place
More information – goodfaithdc@gmail.com
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Living in Poverty in DC in 2017
– District of Columbia Population 2017 (est): 672,228.
– 17% of DC residents lived below the poverty line in 2015: $24,600 for a family of
four.
– 30% of DC children live below the poverty line, with more than 14,000 of those
children living in deep poverty in households earning less than $12,000 per year.
– On a single night in January 2017, 7,473 persons in the city were counted as
homeless, at least 897 were unsheltered and living on the streets.
– On September 1, 2017 there were 721 families with 1484 children in DC shelters.
– DC’s public housing stock has decreased by at least 4,000 units since the 1990’s to
only 8,000 units remaining in the inventory. Since 2002 the number of low-cost rental
units in DC has dropped by more than 50%, while the number of more expensive
housing units rose more than 155%.
– DC has a deficit of more than 30,000 affordable and available units for people with
extremely low incomes.
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We pray for those in positions of civic authority, servants of all the people. May their
compassion, understanding and just actions lead to a city that measures its
greatness by the care it provides for its people in need. Rev. John Graham, Grace Episcopal
Church, Georgetown
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Point in time count 2017.  Fact Sheet.

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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).