Many District residents would like nothing more than to have a home for the holidays.
During these uncertain times, permanent home is more important than ever. Residents experiencing homelessness are far more vulnerable during the public health emergency, so the District is providing safe and temporary shelter to our neighbors with the goal of matching them to permanent housing.
VARIOUS TYPES OF HOUSING NEEDED
Mayor Bowser will launch the annual Home for the Holidays Campaign on November 1, 2021, with a goal to accelerate the placement of 1,250 households experiencing homelessness into permanent housing by February 28, 2022. To accomplish this, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is engaging District landlord partners to identify 3,500 affordable and available units for the 2021-2022 campaign. The housing of all sizes and units in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is needed for individuals and large families.
IMPROVED LEASING PROGRESS
Landlord engagement will continue throughout the campaign, which launched four years ago and has assisted more than 1,000 households to transition into permanent housing. Based on feedback from landlord partners, DHS has implemented a new electronic leasing packet, designated a single point-of-contact for landlord inquiries and concerns, and launched a risk mitigation fund to assist with unit damages and lease payment arrears.
PARTNER WITH THE DISTRICT
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