DC Kids Are Sleeping on the Street While Shelter and Housing Go Unused!

Children are sleeping in bus stations, abandoned buildings, parks, laundromats, and emergency rooms because their parents cannot find affordable housing or shelter. The Gray Administration is refusing to serve any of these newly homeless families with housing or shelter, despite the fact that there are OVER 100 EMPTY SHELTER UNITS at DC General Emergency Family Shelter.  In addition, 65 fully-funded Local Rent Supplement Vouchers slated for homeless families have been held back by the DC Housing Authority.

It’s time to take action!  Click here to email Mayor Gray, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Otero, Department of Human Services Director Berns, and DC Housing Authority Director Todman NOW!

Tell Mayor Gray, Deputy Mayor Otero, and DHS Director Berns:

  • House or shelter families with no safe place to stay TODAY! Don’t make families wait any longer for the help they so desperately need!
  • DON’T let shelter units sit empty while kids sleep outside!  Housing is better than shelter, but shelter is better than the street!

 Tell DCHA Director Todman:

  • IMMEDIATELY release the 65 Local Rent Supplement Vouchers to the homeless families that the vouchers were meant to serve!

Everyone deserves safe housing, but that won’t happen without your help.  

After sending your email, please share THIS LINK on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, your community listserves, and anywhere else!

About Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless envisions a just and inclusive community for all residents of the District of Columbia, where housing is a human right and where every individual and family has equal access to the resources they need to thrive. Our mission is to use the law to make justice a reality for our neighbors who struggle with homelessness and poverty. Combining community lawyering and advocacy to achieve our clients’ goals, our expert staff and network of volunteer attorneys provide low barrier, comprehensive legal services at intake sites throughout the District of Columbia, helping our clients to access housing, shelter, and life-saving services. Rooted in the experiences of this client work, we effectively blend system reform efforts, policy advocacy, community education and client engagement to advocate for long term improvements in local and federal programs that serve the low- and no-income community.
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