Homeless Families Series Part 3: What Can be Done?
August 31, 2015
Because of public-private partnerships, and the vision of nonprofit organizations such as SOME, 1,128 formerly homeless families were living in permanent housing during the official, 2015 count, an increase of 270 families in only one year! Listed below are ways that you can help more families break the cycle of homelessness.
- If you are a private landlord with units available, or can provide jobs or job training, consider reaching out to the Department of Human Services (you can contact [email protected] and we’ll make the connection).
- You are welcome to attend meetings of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). All of the ICH meetings are open to the public, including the Shelter Capacity Workgroup and the Shelter Conditions Committee. You can find all the meeting schedules on the ICH website.
There is a Public Comments period on the agenda for the September 1 meeting of the plenary ICH. We just learned that Mayor Bowser will attend that meeting, too! The meeting will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at the DHCD Housing Resource Center, 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, 1st Floor.
- Continue to support SOME and be part of the solution. Through SOME’s Housing Development Initiative, Family Services Department, and Center for Employment Training, we are helping families to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. SOME currently has 152 families, including 340 children, in its housing.
Twenty-one of those families have come directly from D.C. General. All our families receive individualized services that help increase their income, stabilize their families, and lead to independent living. These services include:
- Intensive case management and wrap-around services
- Trauma-informed care, which is critical for survivors of domestic violence (90 percent of homeless mothers have experienced physical and/or sexual assault)
- Financial literacy
- Employment help
- Parenting skills
- Life skills
- Nutrition and cooking skills
- Housing placement help