Housing is a Basic Right

“It is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”

Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

 

The Numbers

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On any given day there are approximately 3700 homeless persons in Washington, DC. This number includes those on the streets, living in emergency and transitional shelters, and in precarious housing situations awaiting shelter.

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The D.C. Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) identifies 391 single women who are chronically homeless and in need of housing of whom 132 are also affected by serious mental illness.

 
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Open Arms Housing prioritizes single adult women who are on the D.C. government's Department of Mental Health (DMH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) homeless "vulnerability" lists.

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OAH clients are early middle-aged to elderly and have various disabilities such as mental illness, substance abuse disorders, debilitating physical conditions, and post-traumatic stress disorders.