When Your Income Isn’t Enough: Bridging the Divide Between Homelessness & Affordable Housing
Bridging the Divide Between Homelessness and Affordable Housing
73% of DC residents earning around $15,000 or less experience severe housing cost burden, which is defined as paying more than 50% of your income on housing. DC’s housing isn’t affordable because the definition of affordable housing is paying 30% of your income for housing.
The forum will be held in Street Sense’s headquarters at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St. NW 20005) on December 7th. Networking with light refreshments will begin at 6:30 PM and the main panel will begin at 7:00 PM.
Sarah Jemison is a Housing Advocacy Organizer with the National Low Income Housing Coalition where she focuses on expanding support for federal housing policy initiatives and building partnerships with local and state level advocates. Sarah studied African American history at Princeton University before working at Achievement Prep PCS in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. There, she witnessed the impact of concentrated poverty, neglected public housing projects, and homelessness on students and their families, and chose to advocate on their behalf on federal level, understanding that safe and affordable housing is essential to the development of a child and a community. At the Coalition, her work centers on expanding resources for federal housing assistance through the National Housing Trust Fund and the United for Homes Campaign while supporting Coalition members across the country.
Jim Knight began his non-profit career as a yearlong intern in the Discipleship Year program sponsored by the Festival Center, a mission of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. His placement was with Jubilee Housing. In 2002, Jim returned to Jubilee Housing as Executive Director, to lead a renovation campaign that would modernize Jubilee’s entire historic portfolio. Jim’s heart is with the people who live in Jubilee properties, and his passion is to create inviting spaces that give people the opportunity to fill their potential. Jim also serves on the Mayor’s Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board and is a board member and past president of the Coalition for Non-profit Housing and Economic Development
Damon Smith is a Street Sense writer, vendor and activist with F.A.C.E., as well as People for Fairness Coalition of Miriam’s Kitchen. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Damon has personally experienced the negative impacts of gentrification on the housing market. He has experienced homelessness and voicelessness, but now shares his positive story. He is passionate about empowering those with lived experiences of poverty and homelessness to advocate and break the cycles perpetuating harm in society.
Julie Turner was born in Washington, DC. A forth generation Washingtonian, Julie began working directly with people who have housing insecurity in 1987 in Washington, DC. She works for the Downtown Cluster of Congregations an ecumenical organization committed to meeting the needs of underserved residents of the District of Columbia through education, advocacy, and direct service. Street Sense and the DCC are currently in partnership to provide comprehensive case management services and advocacy to vendors experiencing homelessness.
Gillian B. White is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic where she writes and edits a broad range of topics related to economics and business (including housing, poverty, and economic policy). White also oversees The Atlantic’s Next Economy project, which focuses on telling stories about the economic well being of cities around the country. Previously White was an editor at Kiplinger. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, and MarketWatch.White holds a BA in economics and political science from Columbia University and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School. She currently resides in Washington DC.
The event will close with an opportunity to “explore the experience of homelessness” with the interactive bus exhibit created by Street Sense vendors!
Please register all attendees through Eventbrite for our planning purposes.
This community forum event is free and open to the public and is intended for people who are interested in:
- Learning about the general issues that people experiencing homelessness face in DC
- Hearing from experts about affordable housing and why DC’s housing isn’t affordable to people experiencing homelessness and other low-income residents
- Discussing solutions to bridging the large divide between homelessness and affordable housing
- Connecting with organizations that specialize in affordable housing and other services for people experiencing homelessness in the DC community