Who doesn't love a parade?!

'Hey, hey! Mayor Gray! End homelessness today!'

That was the war cry of more than 25 Miriam's Kitchen guests, advocates and staff as we paraded through the streets of Washington, DC on our way to City Hall yesterday.

Hoping to encourage Mayor Gray to fund more permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals, we delivered 500 postcards to the Mayor and members of the City Council.

The postcards included notes written by members of our community and reinforced the message that ending chronic homelessness is possible if the city invests in programs like the Department of Human Services' Permanent Supportive Housing Program.

In addition to delivering our message to the Mayor, we had positive conversations with BB Otero, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and staff members of Councilmember Jim Graham (Chair of the Human Services Committee), Chairman Phil Mendelson, and the Council Budget Director.

Didn't get a chance to include your postcard in our delivery? Send an email to the Mayor with the message: 'End chronic homelessness. Invest in programs like the Department of Human Services' Permanent Supportive Housing Program.'

We are committed to following up with the Mayor and City Council so that they hear that message loud and clear.

'Mayor Gray, see the light! Housing is a human right!'

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Interested in getting involved with our advocacy efforts? Join us for our next Advocacy Action Hour to learn more! MarkTuesday, January 22nd at 6:30 pm on your calendar and join us in the Miriam's Kitchen dining room. RSVP tojean@miriamskitchen.org.