HOUSING FIRST – As Simple As It Is Revolutionary
A MESSAGE FROM
The Executive Director
I’m thrilled to share this 2018 Annual Report with you. We know that ending homelessness will only be possible when our entire community joins together.
That includes our supporters, our local and federal government partners, businesses, landlords, churches, nonprofits, volunteers – all guided by listening to the people we serve. This annual report is a celebration of this community and our incredible partnerships.
We had ambitious goals for 2018: to move at least 101 people into permanent housing, to raise awareness of the solutions and our efforts to end homelessness with the broader Washington community and to gain the necessary private philanthropic investment to make it successful. I’m proud to share we achieved these goals and more. We ended homelessness for 127 people – the most in a single year of our organization’s history! This never would have been possible without you and our countless partners, some of whom are featured in this Annual Report. We thank our tireless, passionate, and dedicated staff who worked around the clock to move people off of the streets and into their own homes. The landlords who literally opened doors for the people we serve. Our federal partners at the Department of Housing and Urban Development who gave us new housing vouchers and the DC Department of Behavioral Health who expanded our behavioral
behavioral health resources to support people before, during, and after they move into their own homes. And we give a special thanks to our supporters, foundation partners, and corporate partners who gave us the financial resources we needed to close the gaps on items not covered by our contracts. Each of these pieces was essential in bringing 127 people home.
We are proud of our tremendous accomplishments and the stories shared in this Annual Report. Yet we know there is more work to be done as there are still thousands of individuals who will be without a home of their own tonight. We have the solution: Housing First. We know we can solve this issue by continuing to wisely invest our time, energy, and resources to support the people we serve with dignity and respect. My belief is that together, we WILL end homelessness and finally be able to say that every person in our community has a home and the opportunity for a life filled with meaning and hope. We thank you for your help. Our work would not be possible without it!