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Mayor Bowser Launches “Home for the Holidays” Effort to Place 400 District Homeless Residents in Permanent Housing

Sunday, November 19, 2017
As Part of the Homeward DC Plan to Aggressively End Homelessness, Mayor Bowser will Attend 72nd Landlord-Tenant Agreement Signing

(Washington, DC) – On Monday, November 20, at 10:30 am., Mayor Muriel Bowser will officially launch “Home for the Holidays,” a city-wide effort to place 400 of the District’s most vulnerable households in permanent housing during the holiday season. DC Department of Human Services (DHS) soft launched the initiative through social media and landlord outreach on November 15, 2017. This targeted campaign will run through January 15, 2018. According to the 2017 Point-in-Time Count, nearly 7,000 DC residents do not have a place to call home.

In 2015, Mayor Bowser and her Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) released “Homeward DC,” a five-year strategic plan to reform the District’s homeless services system and making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Between 2016 and 2017, after the first full year of the plan’s implementation, Washington, DC saw a 10.5 percent reduction in overall homelessness, a 22 percent reduction in homelessness among families, a 15 percent reduction among veterans experiencing homelessness, and a 3 percent reduction in homelessness among individuals.

WHEN:

Monday, November 20, at 10:30 am

WHO:

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Hyesook Chung, Deputy Mayor, Health and Human Services
Laura Zeilinger, Director, Department of Human Services

WHERE:

Intersection of Naylor Road and Gainesville Street, SE
*Closest Metro: Congress Heights Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16.