From February to May of 2013, one local youth service provider turned away at least 150 unaccompanied minor children due to lack of emergency shelter space, many of whom also had children of their own.
For 39 years, Sasha Bruce Youthwork has weathered the ups-and-downs of the economy, and we continue to offer safe homes for hundreds of runaway and homeless youth each year. Yet, right now, we are confronted with unprecedented cuts from federal and District sources.
Our quest was to find men and women who are chronically homeless around Fairfax County. But what seemed like "deep into the woods" was really only a stone's throw from gated communities and high-end shopping centers that make up the county, one of the nation's wealthiest.
Finding housing that is affordable has become more and more difficult for District residents. D.C.'s homeless population is growing, with the last count at nearly 7,000 adults and children without homes. For those who do have homes, many are paying an unsustainable amount on rent.
As winter temperatures in D.C. continue to plummet, the opening of Calvary Women's Services' new facility means even more vulnerable women will be offered a safe, warm home before the coldest days of winter hit, and right before the holiday season.
Well, Turkey Day is over and the malls were packed on Black Friday, and through the weekend, with shoppers trying to catch those quickly vanishing best bargains of the year. But, what does the holiday season really mean to us and to people living on the streets?
One D.C. newspaper has seen its circulation rise a whopping 200 percent since 2003. Street Sense is sold on the street by homeless people seeking to educate Washington's workforce about the issues associated with homelessness.