Advocacy

"There are a thousand ways to become homeless, but once homeless there are not many ways out." --MK guest

Advocacy is one of the most powerful ways we have to end chronic homelessness.

We believe that advocacy that is informed by those who have experienced homelessness is integral to achieving this vision.

Therefore, given our direct experience with addressing the needs of chronically homeless individuals and hearing first hand about their experiences, we have a unique voice in the advocacy world.

Advocacy at Miriam's Kitchen is not partisan. While we will work to influence policies that are critical in the fight to end chronic homelessness, we will not support individual political candidates or political parties. Our advocacy is for the purposes of actively supporting the cause of ending chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. As such, we are eager to work with whoever is willing to join that cause.

Our advocacy program model is made up of three parts:

1. Public Policy--Our public policy agenda is geared toward creating solutions to chronic homelessness, including the production of sufficient permanent supportive housing units in Washington, DC. Our goal is to engage elected officials in the policy cycle, and will frequently have a presence at city council hearings.

2. Guest Involvement--Our advocacy program will empower and train our guests to use their experiences, voice and talents for advocacy efforts. We encourage our guests' involvement in executive and legislative branch activities, city coalitions, and peer groups. The People for Fairness Coalition, a guest-led advocacy group comprised of currently and formerly homeless individuals hosted at Miriam's Kitchen, is central to this work.

3. Mobilizing Supporters--Our supporters, staff and board of directors are untapped resources for advocacy. Educating, empowering and mobilizing our supporters to become actively engaged in advocacy is essential to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, DC.