Thank you for joining The March to Make Chronic Homelessness History
Last week, over 200 supporters of The Way Home Campaign marched to Mayor Bowser’s office to remind her that ending chronic homelessness is a top priority for DC voters. Thank you to everyone that attended!
The event centered the expertise of people with lived experience of homelessness and featured community leaders from Campaign partner organizations: The People for Fairness Coalition, Capitol Hill Group Ministry, The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and Miriam’s Kitchen. Calling on the Mayor to end homelessness for 1,620 individuals and invest in Permanent Supportive Housing for 309 families, marchers carried nearly 2,000 paper people to represent these households and delivered their demands to the Mayor’s office and to DC Council Chair, Phil Mendelson.
George Oliver, a leader with The People for Fairness Coalition and Miriam’s Kitchen, galvanized the crowd by saying, “A single person cannot end chronic homelessness. A single organization cannot end chronic homelessness alone. We must all work together in ending chronic homelessness.”
We marched because, like George, we know that every person has an important role to play in showing Mayor Bowser that DC needs a budget that ends chronic homelessness through proven solutions. We marched because housing saves lives and ends homelessness. And we marched because we know that DC has the expertise, know-how and money to make chronic homelessness history.
We are not done yet!
Mayor Bowser releases her budget on March 21st and we must keep the pressure up. We also need your help to bring the same passion and urgency we showed to the Mayor to the DC Council, who will revise the Mayor’s budget in the coming months. To learn about future marches, actions, and ways to advocate, join The Way Home Campaign by signing the pledge to end chronic homelessness.
This is a crucial time to stand with us in ending chronic homelessness. Below are two ways you can keep the pressure up, show up, and speak up for ending chronic homelessness to Mayor Bowser.
Attend the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED)’s Rally for Racial Equity, Housing and Jobs
The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED) is calling on the Mayor and Council to ensure that all residents are part of thriving communities and to recognize that we can only achieve this through the prioritization of racial equity. On Saturday, March 17, hear from community leaders, activists, residents, and elected leaders on why and how they believe we can build equitable communities. Click here for more details.
Call Mayor Bowser THIS FRIDAY, March 16th
Join our Campaign partner, The Fair Budget Coalition, THIS FRIDAY for their call-in day on March 16th. Make a call and urge the Mayor to fund a Fair Budget by prioritizing Housing Security for District residents. Sign up here for a time slot below and help us make sure her phone rings every 10 minutes.