This Month: Surviving Homelessness in DC

The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP)’s 2017 Point in Time study found that on any given night there are 7,473 homeless people in Washington, DC – 31% of whom are minors.

In 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched an initiative to end homelessness in Washington, DC, which includes the closure of DC General to replace it with smaller, short-term family shelters throughout the District. Given the alarming figures and the plethora of obstacles homeless families and individuals face, many Washingtonians asked, “How? And how much will it cost?”

In Utah, Dr. Sam Tsemberis helped end chronic homelessness through his Pathways Housing First philosophy – an alternative approach and now a national model. And saved the state tax dollars in doing so. Can his approach work in DC?

Join Dr. Tsemberis, Kristy Greenwalt, Director of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness, a representative from Pathways to Housing DC,and a survivor of homelessness to explore what works for our unique city as we embark on this ambitious initiative and understand what it means to survive homelessness in DC.

Special thanks to Pepco, an Exelon company for sponsoring this month’s conversation. 


What is Humanitini?

Humanitini is an exciting happy hour event where Washington’s movers, shakers, and creators come together to think and drink. It is a place for you to engage with your peers, meet your neighbors, and speak with experts about what makes our city a unique place to live and play.

What is your DC?

DC has always been a city of change, forward-thinking even as we struggle with and celebrate the complexities of our past. Now, our city is evolving faster than ever before, and we want to capture the excitement of our vibrant communities where culture is created every day. Join us for the 2017 Humanitini series as we explore our city and ask the question: “What is your DC?”