D.C.’s Most Valuable Asset

D.C.’s Most Valuable Asset

Last week, on the steps of DC’s city hall, advocates gathered to call for an end to long term homelessness in the District. As leaders of The Way Home Campaign, Miriam’s Kitchen organized the event to build community, hear powerful stories, and urge our government to invest in its people.

Ken Koonce, a resident in our housing program and a member of the Miriam’s Kitchen Speaker’s Bureau delivered powerful remarks, calling on the Mayor to increase investments in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH).

“We need to give more people the chance to feel safe and secure and stabilize their health. We need to give more people the opportunity to work on their goals and dreams.”

Advocacy Fellow, Qaadir El-Amin, who provided music for the event, shared his perspective both through the visual quote exhibit and by helping to deliver over 700 petition signatures to the Mayor’s office, calling for increased investments in housing to end homelessness.

“We need to invest more in DC’s most valuable asset – our community, our people.” Tamika and Qaadir1 quotes 2

Quotes on display outside the John A. Wilson Building

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PSH Resident, Ken Koonce, delivers remarks alongside Advocacy Fellow, Robert Warren

Picture1This idea, of recognizing the humanity and leadership of people experiencing homelessness was not just the focus of the event – it’s also a guiding value of MK’s advocacy work. In total, 6 people with experiences of homelessness delivered remarks at the action, with many others participating in the interactive exhibit or joining the delegation to deliver petition signatures to the Mayor.

We are grateful to you, our community of supporters and advocates, who have raised your voices to end homelessness. Next week, the Mayor will release her budget for the next fiscal year, and we’ll be there, eager to witness the impact of our collective advocacy.
(Photo: MK Advocacy Fellow, Qaadir El-Amin, with Kristy Greenwalt, Executive Director of the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness)
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Advocates prepare to deliver petition signatures to Mayor Bowser
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