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imgresThe trained advocates from The Coalition for Non-Profit Housing and Economic Development’s winter training sessions for housing equality are speaking now to the DC Council! The CNHED is live-tweeting their speeches and posting photos. Follow the feed here:



By Lauren Hodges

Elizabeth Falcon spent the past five weeks getting concerned citizens ready to testify at the DC Council. As campaign organizer for the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), Falcon is responsible for leading the organization’s educational workshops and maintaining an informed community when it comes to housing issues.

“It’s very rewarding to watch these people become more and more comfortable and experienced in advocating for themselves,” says Falcon.


DC Homeless organize for city election

Posted: April 23, 2013 by ivnatividad in People, Policy, Politics


Homeless groups in DC have organized a rally to support more homeless  people to vote in the city’s special election. In 2011 47,000 or 10 percent of homeless voters came out to vote.

By Lauren HodgesIMG_1149

Jean-Michel Giraud, executive director of Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place, recently wrote about the struggles of homeless families in DC on his blog. With the city only mandated by law to provide shelter when the temperature or wind chill factor is 32 degrees or below, many children are forced to sleep outside in frigid weather,

“We all know how unsafe weather conditions still are between 32 and, say, 45 degrees. Nobody would choose to spend the night outside during the winter, let alone ask our children to do that, but this is precisely what DC has been asking families to do.”

The city’s emergency shelter, DC General, stopping admitting families in April 2012 to reduce expenses during the “warmer months.” Even in February, when temperatures required the shelter to take people in, it was reported that most of the rooms didn’t have working heat and over 600 children slept in unhealthy conditions throughout this winter.



Saturday, April 13, 2013 about a dozen homeless people and advocates from the the District of Columbia marched from the Federal City Shelter on 2nd Street NW to One Judiciary Square to draw attention to homeless voting rights. The Homeless Page’s Heather Curtis was there and files this radio piece.

Photo courtesy of WJLA 7

3/13/2013- Candidate Perry Redd talks to the audience about his experience as a homeless veteran.Source: Ivan V. Natividad

3/13/2013- Candidate Perry Redd talks to the audience about his experience as a homeless veteran. 

By –Ivan V. Natividad

Washington D.C. – Candidates running in this year’s special election to win a seat on the city council met Wednesday to speak to voters at a public forum hosted by the non-profit group, So Others May Eat (SOME).