Mayor Bowser just released her budget proposal, which sets the District’s funding priorities for the coming year.
GOOD NEWS! The Mayor’s Budget proposal calls for over $13 million for housing to end homelessness for approximately 384 families and 400 individuals like Bill, who is now housed after experiencing homelessness for nearly 25 years. Specifically, the FY17 budget will end homelessness for:
- 300 individuals in Permanent Supportive Housing
- 100 individuals in Targeted Affordable Housing
- 284 families in Rapid Re-housing, and
- 100 families in Targeted Affordable Housing
In addition, the Mayor fulfilled her promise to invest $100 million in the Housing Production Trust Fund, a tool that helps build and preserve affordable housing, including housing for people who are homeless.
Despite these significant investments, DC is not on track to end chronic homelessness by 2017. Although ambitious, this goal holds us accountable to ending chronic homelessness as soon as possible. We know that our most vulnerable neighbors cannot wait any longer.
With your help we can work to protect this funding and fill the remaining gaps. Together, we can ensure that DC ends chronic homelessness.
Join us for a Learning Session!
Join The Way Home Campaign on Tuesday, April 5th at 6:00-7:30 pm to learn more about what's needed to end chronic homelessness, the DC budget process, and how YOU can help! RSVP here.
Advocate with us!
Stay tuned for details about joining The Way Home Campaign for an Advocacy Day to urge DC Council to support investments to ensure that no one is homeless for years.
Thanks for your continued support,
The Way Home Campaign