Showing posts from August, 2017

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's "Progress" on Homelessness & Her Benefit From A 2nd American "Civil" War

Will she show STRENGTH during another major conflict in DC??? (1968 vs 2018) It might be her ONLY ticket to re-election.
[P]oor people tend to stand up for their rights more readily after partaking in a war. 
As was the case earlier today (August 14th, 2017), people often ask me how DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is doing when it comes to addressing homelessness -- a central piece of her political platform. I explain to them that she's doing something; but, she's getting further and further behind the ball. If they have the appetite for a longer explanation, I explain to them that she now has to accomplish a net decrease of 2,500 homeless people per year through 2020 in order to meet the goal of her five-year plan; whereas, that number was 1,460 (or so) on October 1st, 2015 (the official start date of the plan). With me having more of a propensity than those who compile the data  concerning DC homelessness do to tease out all of the messages that those numbers hold, I've found yet…

Improving ICH Communication with the Homeless and Helping the Able-Bodied Exit Homelessness

A quick history of the ICH DC Government's Inter-agency Council on Homelessness (ICH) -- a group of dozens of government agency heads, homeless service providers and advocates -- was formed as a result of DC's Homeless Services Reform Act (HSRA) of 2005 which govern's the city's homeless services. In the fall of 2006 the ICH held four inaugural hearings at which an estimated total of 300 homeless people weighed in on what should be done to address homelessness. Many of their comments were recorded in THIS DOCUMENT.
In September 2013 I was one of several people who gave input concerning what the job description of the ICH's first ever director should be. In all honesty, I was hoping for a benevolent dictator who would put some fire under the tails of homeless service providers and move them quickly toward sensible solutions. With the ICH having held its first meeting in June 2006 when DC counted 6,157 homeless people, going down to 5,757 the following year and swing…

The DC ICH's communication problems and Connecting the Dots to Housing Able-Bodied Homeless

Republished under A DIFFERENT TITLE (and heavily edited)