DC Budget Vote Results–A Win for our Guests!

DC Budget Vote Results–A Win for our Guests!

Over the past six months your advocacy has been strong.  And Wednesday’s DC budget vote confirmed that Miriam’s Kitchen’s supporters, volunteers, guests, and staff were heard loud and clear– ending chronic homelessness is possible in DC!

The DC Council voted unanimously to fund key programs that will end homelessness for individuals and families that are chronically homeless, and prevent and shorten homelessness for individuals.  Below is a recap of critical wins that will impact our guests:

  • $2.2 million for the Department of Human Services Housing First permanent supportive housing program (PSH). This will provide housing and support services to chronically homeless individuals and families in DC.
  • $400K to pilot Rapid Re-housing for individuals. This program will provide short-term rental assistance with services for up to a year in an effort to prevent and end homelessness for individuals.
    • $500K to pilot an Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERAP)for individuals that will provide funding for overdue rent for households facing eviction and pay security deposits and first month’s rent for residents moving to new homes.
    • $2 million for Interim Disability Assistance (IDA) that provides criticalfinancial assistance to disabled individuals who are waiting for federal Social Security Disability Income.

We can’t thank you enough for lending your voice to the movement to end chronic homelessness in DC.

If you want to get more involved in our advocacy efforts, please email Jean Badalamenti at jean@miriamskitchen.org.

For more information on PSH, Rapid Re-housing, or ERAPgo here.  For more information on IDA go here.