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Ending chronic homelessness in DC is possible. Permanent supportive housing is the solution.
Ending chronic homelessness in DC may sound impossible, but it’s not. Chronically homeless individuals have disabilities such as serious mental illness, chronic substance abuse or medical issues, and are homeless repeatedly or for long periods of time.
As of January 2012, there are 1,870 chronically homeless individuals in Washington, DC on any given night. 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,
- provides individuals with the tools they need to get their lives back, and
- is effective at keeping people housed.
Miriam’s Kitchen is part of the solution.
Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in DC by creating meaningful connections with chronically homeless individuals, placing them in 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 3,500 chronically 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 DC is important.
Please join us. We can’t end chronic homelessness in DC without you.