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An Irish fashionista is all of a sudden interested in a woman’s design of a coat that turns into a sleeping bag.

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Photo by Heather Curtis – Each key is to to an apartment a formerly homeless person received through the housing first program via Bethesda Cares

By Heather Curtis

The following data is from a study by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness:

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By Lauren Hodges

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photo courtesy of Friendship Place DC

You voted on our Facebook survey for “homeless veterans” to be our next topic. Your wish is our command! And how appropriate, considering May is Military Appreciation Month.

Meet Geoff Milliard of Friendship Place DC. His career in homeless outreach was in the making before he was old enough to realize it. Growing up in a poverty-stricken area, he talks about his exposure to homelessness, drug addiction and struggling families as just part his every day childhood.

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D.C. Native Eric Lynn Thompson stands in front of a downtown CVS he slept in front of for years while he was homeless

By Heather Curtis

46-year-old D.C. native Eric Lynn Thompson has slept in homeless shelters, parks, prisons and on top of subway grates, but until last November, he had never slept in his own place. After years of homelessness, Thompson’s childhood friend and his wife rented him their basement.  He moved in November 17, 2012, five days before his birthday.

“I can say this is my bed right here. I ain’t even gotta get out in the morning if I don’t wanna. That’s good. Like I said, I’ve never had my own place. Never had my own place,” Thompson said.

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By -Ivan V. Natividad

A video interview with DCCK outreach worker Sarah Riley. Riley talks about her job and what she does for clients that the kitchen works with.

By Kolby Ford

“Its the right thing to do, if you’re fortunate that you’ve eaten today, if you’re fortunate to have a roof over your head, then its appropriate to give back,” says Ulysses Campbell.  He’s has been volunteering to help the poor for seven years now.  I met him on Friday while he was serving hot soup out of a lunch wagon to the homeless.

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Martha’s Table offers long term and immediate help to those in poverty such as job training and clothing.  Campbell as well as more than 10,000 people a year join Martha’s Table with their church groups to help out.  McKenna’s wagon, the mobile soup kitchen delivers hot meals, sandwiches, and desserts to the needy everyday.

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By- Ivan V. Natividad

DCCK’s Communications Manager, Paul Day, answers some of our questions about one of DC’s best homeless services program.