No one should be homeless. No one should be homeless for years.
The Way Home is a campaign to end chronic homelessness in the District of Columbia by 2017.
On any given night in the District, there are nearly 1,800 individuals and families living on the streets and in shelters who are considered chronically homeless – they have been homeless for years and struggle with significant issues like mental illness and chronic health conditions. These are some of our most vulnerable residents.
The Way Home believes that the District of Columbia has the resources, creativity, and ability to end chronic homelessness. This is a vital step in our greater efforts to end homelessness in our community.
Solutions to chronic homelessness
In alignment with research and national best practices promoted by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, HUD, the 100,000 Homes Campaign, and DC’s Collective Impact movement:
- Housing is the solution to ending chronic homelessness and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) using the Housing First model is the most effective intervention for people experiencing homelessness the longest.
- Access to housing should be available without requirements like sobriety or participation in health or mental health treatment. With safe and affordable housing a person can successfully address health, mental health, substance abuse, and other goals.
- Coordination is key to success. We must prioritize people who are the most vulnerable. By creating both community-wide eligibility criteria and application process for PSH we can ensure that those who need housing most get housing first.
- Resources must be adequate to meet the need. New resources are needed and existing housing resources must be used more effectively. Our entire community – individuals, nonprofits, business, faith, government, philanthropy – has an essential role in contributing resources and momentum to ending chronic homelessness.
The Way Home campaign is supported by a growing list of individuals and partner organizations. To join the campaign, sign our pledge. Initial partners include: