Friendship Place believes that advocacy is the most effective way of gaining the support needed to access the required resources for preventing and ending chronic homelessness. Strategic advocacy by staff, board, supporters and participants, propels Friendship Place to work at the systemic level, advancing our vision of a region in which every person has a place to call “home.”
In the past, our advocacy at the federal level has led to increased funding for programs that are successfully reducing homelessness among veterans.
At the local level, we have succeeded in mobilizing our community to speak out against proposed cuts to homeless services. Our advocate teams testify at every relevant DC Council hearing each year, urging our elected officials to direct resources to proven, rapid solutions like homelessness prevention, rehousing and job placement, while investing sufficient funds in supportive housing to end homelessness for those who are more vulnerable and need longer-term help.
As a result, we have seen the DC Council increase funding in the District budget for permanent supportive housing, as well as new funding for rapid rehousing.
We welcome anyone – individuals, service providers, campaigns and coalitions — who share our passion to end homelessness.
If you are interested in joining our advocacy efforts, contact Chris Rutledge at 202.503.2968 or firstname.lastname@example.org.