DC Organizations Supporting the Continuum of Housing

Bread for the City.  Bread for the City’s organizers work with staff and client leaders on campaigns that advocate for policies that preserve and create affordable housing in DC. Bread for the City works to build coalitions, engage public officials, and also works with tenants as they organize to protect their homes. Ultimately, building community power to fight inequality is our work.

Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic DevelopmentCNHED is a 501(c)3 umbrella organization that supports the housing industry in Washington, DC.  Membership includes a broad spectrum of nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing developers, special needs housing service agencies, faith-based organizations, community development corporations, funders, lenders and government agencies.

Friendship PlaceThe mission of Friendship Place is to empower men and women experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives with the involvement of the community.  FP works to “identify, reach out to, and build a trusting relationship with men and women who live on the streets.”  In addition to providing services, FP provides education for civic, religious, commercial and educational entities in our community about the issues confronting their homeless neighbors.

DC Fiscal Policy Institute. The DC Fiscal Policy Institute conducts research and public education on budget and tax issues in the District of Columbia, with a particular emphasis on issues that affect low and moderate income residents. By preparing timely analyses that are used by policymakers, the media, and the public, DCFPI seeks to inform public debates on budget and tax issues and to ensure that the needs of lower-income residents are considered in those debates.

Fair Budget Coalition. Fair Budget is a coalition of grassroots community groups, human services providers, advocates, faith organizations and concerned community members that fight for a just and inclusive District of Columbia through advocacy and by advancing budget and public policy initiatives. Fair Budget annually analyzes the needs of low income individuals and families and makes recommendations for the proposed operating budget under review by the Council. Council visits, rallies, phone/letter/email campaigns are scheduled as needed.

Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. The InterFaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community and to work cooperatively for social and economic justice through the DC region. IFC members currently include the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities.  IFC works towards creating a just community through coalition-building, education, training and advocacy; by uniting diverse faith leaders to speak and act together; by publishing community resources; and by holding public events including concerts, award ceremonies, lectures, and public dialogues.

Jews United for Justice. Jews United for Justice (JUFJ)  is a community-based organization that seeks to repair the world by concentrating on issues of local concern. The mission is to lead greater Washington-area Jews to act on shared Jewish values by pursuing justice and equality in our local community.

Miriam’s Kitchen and The Way Home.  Miriam’s Kitchen is a comprehensive program whose one goal is to work with the chronically homeless “to guide them home” through a unified program: meals, case management, advocacy and housing services.  The Way Home is a city wide advocacy program that coordinates almost 100 partners whose goal is to end chronic homelessness in DC.

People for Fairness Coalition. PFFC provides a practical and educational process to help the impoverished living in Washington DC go from poverty to self-sufficiency through a Peer Mentoring-Advocacy approach. By continuing to stay result-oriented and focused on vulnerable people, “we are coming up with solutions that make housing programs and other services for the vulnerable more effective.”  In 2013, in accordance with our mission to end people’s housing instability through advocacy, outreach and peer mentoring, PFFC launched its Universal Right to Housing Campaign. The goal is to develop strategies and policies that would increase access to affordable and sustainable housing for DC residents.

Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). WIN is a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith,  citizens’ organization, rooted in local congregations and associations. WIN  develops neighborhood leaders to address community issues and seeks to create long-term power by acting consistently and persistently for change on multiple issues at the neighborhood and city-wide levels. WIN initiates public action on the following issues: affordable housing, public safety, youth, etc. In addition to direct advocacy, WIN works to hold the government and corporate sectors accountable for addressing these issues.

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. The Legal Clinic represents individual low income clients through a network of over 200 volunteer attorneys and legal assistants.The Legal Clinic’s staff attorneys provide advice, guidance and representation to clients in the following areas: Affordable Housing, Disability Rights, Permanent Supportive Housing, Veterans.The Legal Clinic also advocate on budget and policy issues impacting DC’s homeless and low-income residents.
“We are tied together in a single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.  And whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.  I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.  And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.  That is the way God’s universe is made.”
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.