Supporters of the The Way Home believe that:
- All people deserve a safe and affordable place to call home
- Housing allows people to live with dignity and thrive
- D.C. has the resources, creativity, and ability to end chronic homelessness
- Ending chronic homelessness is a vital step towards ending all homelessness in our community
National leaders and experts agree:
- 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 barriers like sobriety requirements or participation in health or mental health treatment. Safe and affordable housing provides the stability a person needs to successfully address health, mental health, substance abuse, and other goals.
- Prioritization is key to success. We must prioritize people who are the most vulnerable to 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.