Mayor Bowser Breaks Floor on Brief-Time period Household Housing, 7/6/17

Mayor Bowser breaks floor on a short-term household housing constructing, marking a monumental step ahead within the Administration’s effort to shut and substitute DC Normal Household Shelter with dignified, service-enriched applications throughout all eight wards.

Brief-Time period Household Housing is a important piece of the District’s disaster response system and the Administration’s plan to make homelessness uncommon, transient, and non-recurring.

The Mayor was joined on the groundbreaking by Ward four Councilmember Brandon Todd, metropolis officers, members of the Ward four Brief-Time period Household Housing Advisory Crew and neighborhood members.

“DC Values embody making homelessness uncommon, transient and nonrecurring,” stated Mayor Muriel Bowser. “DC Normal has too typically failed to assist the households who want us most. In the present day by breaking floor on protected and dignified short-term household housing, the District takes us one huge step towards serving to these households and ending homelessness within the District.”

Establishing an efficient disaster response system, together with the event of smaller, neighborhood primarily based short-term household housing applications, is a concrete step specified by Homeward DC, the Bowser Administration’s strategic plan to finish homelessness within the District by 2020.

Every short-term household housing constructing will present a protected, clear and personal place for as much as 50 households whereas they work to acquire everlasting housing. Not like DC Normal, these buildings may have locations for youngsters of all ages to play and do homework and can embody companies to assist households rapidly stabilize and exit shelter.

Mayor Bowser and the DC Council have appropriated unprecedented sources to implement Homeward DC, and information reveals that after just one full yr of implementation, the reforms are taking root. Within the final yr alone, Washington, DC has seen a 10.5 p.c discount in general homelessness, a 22 p.c discount in homelessness amongst households, a 15 p.c discount amongst veterans experiencing homelessness, and a three p.c discount amongst people experiencing homelessness.

The Administration’s plan to finish homelessness embraces a housing-first technique with the underlying objective of everlasting housing for all residents. The Bowser Administration has invested extra per capita in inexpensive housing than some other jurisdiction within the nation, investing $100 million yearly to DC’s Housing Manufacturing Belief Fund. In simply the final fiscal yr, the Administration dedicated greater than $106 million to the development and preservation of greater than 1,200 housing items. Since taking workplace, Mayor Bowser has launched new homeless prevention companies, stopping a shelter keep for three,200 households; elevated investments in everlasting housing applications by practically 60 p.c; developed interim eligibility to offer quick shelter for households in pressing want; and related greater than 1,900 veterans to everlasting housing.