Thursday, May 26, 2011

Your voice was heard – DC Council votes to keep homeless shelters open in the FY 2012 budget

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Great news!  Yesterday the DC Council restored nearly $20 million in homeless services to its FY 2012 Budget, confirming that we need to do more to help our homeless neighbors recover.  We’d like to thank you for your support and dedication over the weeks leading up to this vote—we couldn’t have convinced the council to restore funding without your emails, phone calls and letters. We’d also like to express our gratitude to the coalition of homeless service providers throughout the city who rallied together, our advocates and other supporters who joined hands and let the DC Council know that cutting shelter funds was not an option. And especially, we are proud and grateful to the residents of the shelters for using their voices to be heard! 

Catholic Charities operates five emergency shelters and one day program in partnership with the District.  Last year these shelters served nearly 10,000 men and women who have nowhere else to turn. Without the restoration of this funding, Catholic Charities would have had to shutter all of its emergency shelters by April of 2012, leaving our most vulnerable clients to sleep in the streets.

Yesterday’s Council vote helps get us back to where we were before with funding, and we are incredibly grateful—but there’s still much more we need to do to give our neighbors the opportunity to begin rebuilding their lives.  Learn more about our Housing and Shelter programs in the District, or donate directly to these programs today.

Read our press release following yesterday’s vote on our Facebook page.