Recap of the 2017 Homeless Memorial Vigil
On December 20-21st, over 150 community members, advocates, and service providers came together to mourn the 45 people who died while experiencing homelessness in DC. The 5th Annual Homeless Memorial Vigil, organized by The Way Home Campaign Partner Organization and Steering Committee member the People for Fairness Coalition, highlighted the urgency of ending long term homelessness. This powerful event centered themes that were identified by the People for Fairness Coalition; Housing ends homelessness, housing is healthcare, and housing is a human right. Activists held a candlelit procession down 14th Street and spent the night on Freedom Plaza before taking their asks directly to DC’s elected officials in the Wilson Building.
During the event, we were joined DC Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger and by Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau, David Grosso, Vincent Gray, Anita Bonds and Robert White.
We are calling on our elected officials to take action!
We’re calling on Mayor Bowser to fully fund Homeward DC, ensure that nobody is discriminated against due to their housing instability, and create a Downtown Services Center for people experiencing homelessness.
Fully fund Homeward DC: We call on Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to live up to their promise to end homelessness. We call on our elected officials to invest at least $31 million to end chronic homelessness and house over 1,600 of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Stop discrimination against people experiencing housing instability: We call on Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to champion The Michael A. Stoops Anti-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2017 (B22-0397) to ensure that nobody from the homeless community is discriminated against.
Create a Downtown Services Center: We call on Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to develop a centrally located drop in center to meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. The Downtown Services center should provide case management, meals, laundry, shower facilities and must help people access housing resources.