FACT: 26% of DC children (31000) live below the poverty line, which is $25,100 for a family of four, with 14000 of those children living in deep poverty in households earning less than $12,000 a year.
FACT: On a single night in January 2017, 7473 persons in the District were counted as homeless, at least 897 of whom were unsheltered and living on the street.
This cycle, beginning with Encounter-Accompany, describes the journey that faith communities as a whole with their individual members must engage as they work for system change to confront these injustices. Working for Social Justice can’t be outsourced. It is hard work that must be undertaken within a community. Frequently, the
cycle needs to be repeated to re-energize and refocus the effort. It is only through this internal work and prayer that the true gift of social justice is given and received – a more just community for all. ___________________________________________________________
A picture of an abandoned tent taken in Foggy Bottom on February 23, 2018 appeared on Good Faith’s Facebook page. Posted comment: “The folks who occupied this tent are now deceased!!!! Thanks for nothing DC.”
– On a single night in January 2017, more than 7,000 persons in the city were counted as homeless, at least 800 were unsheltered and living on the streets.
– On February 24, 2018 more than 600 families with over 1300 children lived in DC shelters. More than 2000 single adults slept in shelter.
– DC has a deficit of more than 30,000 affordable and available units for people with extremely low incomes.
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
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).