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Ending chronic homelessness in D.C is possible. Permanent supportive housing is the solution.
Ending chronic homelessness in D.C. may sound impossible, but it’s not.
As of January 2013, there are 1,764 chronically homeless individuals in Washington, D.C. on any given night. These are individuals who have been homeless for extended periods of time, and are living with one or more serious physical or mental disabilities. U.S. Military Veterans are disproportionately represented in this group; they tend to be homeless for longer periods of time, and live with more severe disabilities.
The most successful intervention for ending chronic homelessness is permanent supportive housing, which couples permanent housing with supportive services that target the specific needs of an individual.
Permanent supportive housing is the solution because it:
- is cost-effective;
- improves health outcomes;
- reduces costs associated with emergency services, like ER visits, hospital stays, first responsers and shelters;
- provides individuals with the tools they need to get their lives back; and
- has a 92% success rate in keeping people housed.
Miriam’s Kitchen is part of the solution.
Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in D.C. by establishing meaningful relationships with chronically homeless individuals, connecting them with permanent supportive housing, and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing.
We advocate for permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution, while meeting short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to more than 4,300 homeless individuals each year.
We need your help to end chronic homelessness in DC.
You can help end chronic homelessness in DC. By donating to Miriam’s Kitchen, you’re supporting high-quality, transformative work that is making a real difference in the lives of chronically homeless individuals. And by joining us in advocating for permanent supportive housing, you’re helping to send a message to policymakers that ending chronic homelessness in D.C. is important.
Please join us. We can’t end chronic homelessness in D.C. without you.