We’re happy to announce that this week, Hyacinth’s Place signed onto the Way Home Campaign. It’s an alliance of more than 3,500 individuals and over 40 organizations and businesses who have pledged to support a roadmap that will end chronic homelessness in the District by 2016.
According to the campaign’s website, on any given night in the District, there are nearly 1,800 individuals and families living on the streets and in shelters who are considered chronically homeless. Without hyperbole, we at Hyacinth’s Place believe that’s not just unacceptable, it’s a human-rights crisis.
Unfortunately too many Washingtonians don’t know all that much about homelessness in the city. They may not know the gravity of the situation. Or they may not see it as a public-policy failure, and by extension an issue that meaningful public policy can solve. And with statistics so daunting, they may simply not know that one voice can make a difference. But it can. The Way Home Campaign is going to prove that by increasing the number and diversity of people who are raising their voices.
We are looking forward to engaging in the campaign in several ways. For one, we will be fellow advocates by blogging, writing letters, attending visibility events, and holding our elected officials accountable. Second, as an organization that works specifically with formerly homeless women who have a mental-health diagnosis, we look forward to bringing a unique perspective to the conversation.
Finally, we will spread the word. If people know what’s going on, know that there are solutions, and know that they can be a part of the solution, they will show up, speak out, hold decision-makers accountable, and talk to their friends and families. Strength in numbers is a cliché, but it’s also a truth.
Speaking of spreading the word—it’s easy for you and/or your organization to sign on right now! Just fill out the pledge. Once you do, you’ll receive their email updates on other ways to get involved in this important movement.
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