Category Archives: Moving Forward

Join us May 10! “A Day in the Strife” at the Wilson Building!

Pay rent or buy groceries?

Buy a metrocard to get to work or school supplies for your kids?

When faced with the impossible choices that many DC residents have to make, what would DC Council members choose?

A DAY IN THE STRIFE: A Tour of Life on the Poverty Line

Thursday, May 10th, 10am-Noon

At the Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW

(And come on the March for Homeless Services starting at 9am: Scroll down below for details!)

Lunch will be provided

Bring your ID to enter the building

Over the last few years the Mayor and DC Council have cut funding to safety net programs like affordable housing, homeless serivces, TANF, Child Care and more. This year millions more in cuts to these programs are on the chopping block. Meanwhile, DC residents are forced to make impossible choices to make ends meet.

Join us as we fight CUTS to the safety net and show the Councilmembers what it’s really like to live in poverty!

And bring an extra shoe to carry along as we tour! We want to ask Councilmembers to picture what it’s like to walk a mile in our shoes.

For more information contact 202-328-1262 or makeonecitypossible@gmail.com

To learn more about the campaign, visit: www.makeonecitypossible.com

Invite your friends to the event on facebook!

Follow us on Twitter: @FairBudgetDC



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Start your “Day in the Strife” off at the…
March for Homeless Services

May 10th: 9:00am (don’t be late!)

Marching from the CCNV Shelter: 2nd & D St NW




SHARC (Shelter, Housing and Real Change) is organizing a March for Homeless Services that will culminate by joining the “A Day in the Strife” tour.

With a $7 million cut to homeless services funding proposed, shelters are at great risk and some may close.

Half the beds may be cut for men and women next spring.

Food, transportation, job training, outreach and other services at the shelter will be cut.

Help us show that we won’t stand for these cuts by joining us on the March!

Take Action Today to Save Homeless Services!

Today is an action day for homeless services! Here’s a one-click action you can take right now to help prevent major cuts.

Homeless services now faces a $7 million budget gap that the Mayor has refused to fill. If this goes through, we are expecting a 50% of homeless individuals will be put out of shelters, any new homeless families outside of hypothermia season will be turned away without help, and food, transportation and outreach services will be drastically reduced. Since last March we have seen a 138% increase in the number of homeless families seeking shelter. To deal with that crisis, the city has put almost 200 families into motels, costing the city $20,000 a day, with no plan to move these families into supportive housing. It would be cheaper in the long run to place 250 families into supportive housing than continuing our policy of placing them into motels.

Click here to tell Council members to restore funding to homeless services and to invest in putting homeless families into housing rather than motels!

And finally, please join us this Thursday for our climactic “Day in the Strife: A Tour of Live on the Poverty Line” event at the Wilson Building. Join hundreds of DC residents as we tour City Hall in our final major push to pressure Councilmembers to restore funding to safety net services.

A DAY IN THE STRIFE: A Tour of Life on the Poverty Line

Thursday, May 10th: 10:00am-Noon


At the Wilson Building: 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Bring your ID to enter the building)

Invite your friends on facebook!

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you Thursday! (And don’t forget to participate in our online action today!)

A message to City Council from a teen at DC General

Chris is about to graduate from high school next month with a full scholarship to Michigan State. He also lives at D.C. General, participates in the Homeless Children Playtime Project’s teen program, and has a message for City Council members: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150697196157109

Homeless Families interrupt DC City Council Budget Hearing, demand housing for all

This Monday, families staying from the DC General Family Shelter entered the Budget Support Act Hearing to the tune of a gospel song. Children delivered small houses to DC City Council members, including Chairman Kwame Brown, and the families urged the Council to oppose Mayor Gray’s proposed cuts to housing services.

Here’s some more media coverage of the action:

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TWITTER ATTACK! For May 2nd & 3rd Mark-Ups!

We’re at that point in the budget where Councilmembers start negotiating within their committees. Today (Wednesday) and Tomorrow (Thursday) Councilmembers need to hear from us to prioritize restoring funding to safety net services.

To make our voices heard during mark-ups, we are going to communicate directly with Councilmembers… through Tweets! Join our Twitter Attack to make sure the Council know the pressure is on to restore funding! Please use the below twitter suggestions to tweet at Council today and tomorrow as they decide what to fund in their committees.

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Committee on Human Services – WEDNESDAY markup Noon

Send these tweets to: @JimGrahamWard1 (chair), @TommyWells, @CMYMA, @marionbarryjr, @CMMichaelABrown

 

Homeless families/funding:

· End the Hunger Games: restore homeless services gap and put 250 families in housing! #dcfy13

· Looking forward to [insert Councilmember] supporting homeless kids in #dcfy13 budget

· Cuts hurt in #dcfy13. Please restore homeless services $ [insert Councilmember]

· Don’t gamble with kids’ lives: invest in affordable housing for 250 families in #dcfy13.

· Everyone deserves a safe place to sleep. That won’t happen without your #dcfy13 vote [insert Councilmember].

· Kids need homes. So do grown-ups. $$ for homeless services, affordable housing in #dcfy13!

 

TANF:

· [insert Councilmember] Could you & family live on $257/mo? Pls don’t force #TANF families to try. #dcfy13

· [insert Councilmember] Pls give #TANF families a chance to benefit from program improvements before more benefits cuts. #dcfy13

· [insert Councilmember] Pls don’t punish #TANF families 4 program failures. Postpone benefits cuts in #dcfy13 budget.

 

Interim Disability Assistance:

· [Insert Councilmember] Support DC residents waiting for #SSI – Support DC residents waiting for #SSI – restore $2.4M to Interim Disability Assistance. #dcfy13

· [Insert Councilmember] Only $270/month – it’s the least DC can do. Fully fund Interim Disability Assistance. #dcfy13

 

Committee on Housing and Workforce Development – WEDNESDAY markup 11 am (NOW!)

Send these tweets to: @CMMichaelABrown (chair), @marionbarryjr, @VincentOrangeDC

 

Homeless families/funding:

· End the Hunger Games: restore homeless services gap and put 250 families in housing! #dcfy13

· Looking forward to [insert Councilmember] supporting homeless kids in #dcfy13 budget

· Cuts hurt in #dcfy13. Please restore homeless services $ [insert Councilmember]

· Don’t gamble with kids’ lives: invest in affordable housing for 250 families in #dcfy13.

· Everyone deserves a safe place to sleep. That won’t happen without your #dcfy13 vote [insert Councilmember].

· Kids need homes. So do grown-ups. $$ for homeless services, affordable housing in #dcfy13!

Committee on the Judiciary – THURSDAY markup 11 am

Send these tweets to: @JackEvansWard2, @marycheh, @MurielBowser, @marionbarryjr

 

Victim Services:

· D.C. can’t ignore the needs of domestic violence victims – fund victim services bit.ly/ovsfy13 #dcfy13

· Without more victim services $ #dcfy13, we’ll all face the consequences. [insert Councilmember] bit.ly/ovsfy13

· Without action by [insert Councilmember] domestic violence shelters will decrease beds. Fund Victim Services! #dcfy13

· D.C. can’t turn more victims away from life-saving services. Fund victim services bit.ly/ovsfy13 #dcfy13

 

Committee on Health – THURSDAY markup Noon

Send these tweets to: @marycheh, @TommyWells, @CMYMA, @marionbarryjr

Healthcare Alliance:

· Health care is a human right! Restore funding for Alliance #dcfy13

· [insert Councilmember] Support a healthy DC – fight to restore Alliance! #dcfy13

Committee of the Whole (Education) – THURSDAY markup 5 pm

Send these tweets to: @Kwamebrowndc (chair), @JackEvansWard2, @marycheh, @MurielBowser, @TommyWells, @CMYMA, @marionbarryjr, @CMMichaelABrown, @VincentOrangeDC

 

Adult Education:

· [Insert Councilmember] Let’s ensure GEDs for all. Invest $1.1M in the Accelerated Learning Initiative. #dcfy13

· [Insert Councilmember] Increase job opps for #DC residents with $1.1M in the Accelerated Learning Initiative. #dcfy13

 

Child Care:

· [Insert Councilmember] 5.7 million cut from child care = 400 more families without childcare. Fund the subsidy #dcfy13

· [Insert Councilmember] Please restore childcare funds from local $ and help teen moms stay in school. #dcfy13

· [Insert Councilmember] Over 40k families eligible for the child care subsidy voucher program. Fund it! #dcfy13

· Over 10,000 families on waiting lists of child care centers in the District. More to come without more $! #dcfy13

· Make the intake process for child care more accessible so families can return to work and school. #dcfy13

· Raise childcare providers reimbursement rates up to 2010 market so providers can stay in business! #dcfy13

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