The Crisis of Family Homelessness in DC: What You Can Do

In recent weeks, local media has shone a light on the significant challenges that homeless families face here in the nation’s capital. There are nearly 600 children in the DC General Family Shelter alone. While certainly far better than sleeping in cars, hospital emergency rooms or 24 hour laundromats, DC General is far from ideal. Some, but not all, local officials acknowledge the extent of the problems that the families face. We must come together as a community to work for real solutions to the crisis of homelessness. We need to speak out to let decision-makers know that we want to be part of a just and inclusive community.

Here are four ways that you can help:

Give of your TIME: Help us to spread the word. Host a discussion group with your
neighbors, book club, colleagues at the office, or family and friends. We’d be happy to
provide information or support you in whatever way we can be helpful. You can reach us
at (202) 328-5500.

Give of your TALENT: If you are a lawyer or legal assistant, you can volunteer with the
Legal Clinic and help us to bring justice to our homeless neighbors. Contact Volunteer
Coordinator Emily Uhar at

Give of your TREASURE: We rely upon the generosity of community members to allow
us to remain present to our clients when they need us most. We take no government
funding, which makes the support of our friends and allies all the more critical. You can
make a donation here.

Give of your TENACITY: Take a few moments to call, write or email our Mayor and DC
Councilmembers to tell them that you believe in a community of justice. The District has
had two years of significant surplus revenue and expects the same once again this year.
Urge them to invest these dollars in affordable housing and emergency services for the
families and individuals who need it most.

To stay in the loop on the District’s budget and policy decisions, subscribe to this blog, friend us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. You will learn about opportunities to weigh in on decisions impacting shelter, affordable housing, and other crucial programs.

Thank you for your support.

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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