The sessions covered topics ranging from the structural problems in DC’s housing market and social safety nets that are leading to an increase in homelessness, the individual challenges of mental health and substance abuse, the impact of COVID, the costs of addressing the issue more effectively and the very particular difficulties faced by people of color, women and LGBTQ youth.
The intention was to examine each topic in a practical way so that those participating in the discussions would leave with the information that they need to help, to campaign for change and to support progress towards ending homelessness. The overall objective is to have a better informed community - a community that is better positioned to lobby or take action on the basis of facts.At the conclusion of the series DCCA and the Homelessness Committee issued a statement which can be found here.
|The Impact of COVID on Homelessness Moderated by Joanne Garlow
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|What are the biggest housing needs and what action is needed in the community? Moderated by Robin Nunn
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|The Psychological, Medical and Substance Abuse Needs of Individuals. Moderated by Diane Quinn
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|Supportive Housing in DC. Moderated by Joanne Garlow
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|What will it take to change direction? Moderated by Glenn Engelmann
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|LGBTQ Youth and Women's homelessness: Systemic problems & solutions for DC. Moderated by Nick Manning
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DCCA is grateful to the group of neighbors who volunteered their time, effort and heart into creating this program. Special thanks to Homelessness Chair and Board Member, Nick Manning for leading the design, organization and analysis of the program alongside the committee organizers and other helpers including: