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35 cents for Production of the Paper

A Possible Closing Shelter Raises Question: What Happens this Winter? Page 4

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Local Pundit Tim Young Calls Obama Out on Putting Money into Afghanistan and not Americans Page 12

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Jeff McNeil Offers Street-Level Economic Indicators Page 13


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Our Mission

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Street Sense aims to serve as a vehicle for elevating voices and public debate on issues relating to poverty while also creating economic opportunities for people who are experiencing homelessness in our community.

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The Story of Street Sense Street Sense began in August 2003 after two volunteers, Laura Thompson Osuri and Ted Henson, approached the National Coalition for the Homeless on separate occasions about starting a street newspaper in Washington, D.C. A street paper is defined as a newspaper about poverty, homelessness and other social issues that provides an income to the homeless individuals who sell it. About 28 street papers operate in the United States and Canada in places like Seattle, Chicago, Montreal and Boston, and dozens more exist throughout the world. After bringing together a core of dedicated volunteers and vendors, Street Sense came out with its first issue in November 2003, printing 5,000 copies. For the next three years the paper published on a monthly basis and greatly expanded its circulation and vendor network. For the first year, Street Sense operated as a project of the National Coalition for the Homeless, but in October 2004, the organization incorporated and moved into its own office space. In March 2005, Street Sense received 501(c)3 status, becoming a nonprofit organization. In October 2005 Street Sense formed a full board of directors, and in November the organization hired its first employee, a full-time executive director. A year later in November 2006, the organization hired its first vendor coordinator and began partnering with several service providers. In February 2007, the paper started publishing twice a month and to support the increased production brought on its first full-time editor– in–chief in April. As of January 2010 the paper had 72 active vendors and prints about 30,000 issues a month.

Vendor Code of Conduct 1. Street Sense will be distributed for a voluntary donation of $1. I agree not to ask for more than a dollar or solicit donations for Street Sense by any other means. 2. I will only purchase the paper from Street Sense staff and will not sell papers to other vendors (outside of the office volunteers). 3. I agree to treat all others – customers, staff, other vendors – respectfully, and I will not “hard sell,” threaten or pressure customers. 4. I agree to stay off private property when selling Street Sense. 5. I understand that I am not a legal employee of Street Sense but a contracted worker responsible for my own well–being and income. 6. I agree to sell no additional goods or products when selling the paper. 7. I will not sell Street Sense under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 8. I agree to stay a block away from another vendor and respect the space of all vendors. 9. I understand that my badge is the property of Street Sense and will not deface it. I will present my badge when purchasing the papers and display my badge and wear my vest when selling papers. 10. I understand that Street Sense strives to be a paper that covers homelessness and poverty issues while providing a source of income for the homeless. I will try to help in this effort and spread the word.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR International Abby Strunk Network of EDITOR–IN–CHIEF Street Papers Mary Otto MANAGING EDITOR/NEW MEDIA DIRECTOR Lisa V. Gillespie COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & PROGRAM MANAGER Amy Vokes INTERNS Cathy Bueker, Sam Giffin FOUNDERS Ted Henson, Laura Thompson Osuri VOLUNTEERS/WRITERS Robert Basler, Jane Cave, Robert Fulton, Steve Gilberg, Jane Goforth, Joanne Goodwin, Roberta Haber, Erica Hall, Annie Hill, Diana Heitz, Phillip Hoying, Maurice King, Brenda K. Lee-Wilson, Kim O’Connor, Gabriel Okolski, Michael O’Neill, Katinka Podmanickzy, Lisa Razzi, Diane Rusignola, Willie Schatz, Jesse Smith, Sara Kruger, Jami-Lin Williams, Marian Wiseman

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S treetS Fairfax County Homeless Population Falls Homeless activists in Fairfax County have made progress since 2007 in their efforts to end homelessness in the region. An annual tally of the county’s homeless population, taken in January, amounted to about 1,500 people, a drop from 1,800 a year ago, the Washington Post reports. A community partnership was formed as part of the county’s plan to end homelessness in the area by December 2018. Its goal is to engage the community in the effort and coordinate resources among county, nonprofit, faith, business and community leaders. “We are seeing partnership in a totally different way,” said Amanda Andere, executive director of FACETS, a Fairfax-based nonprofit. “We are meeting together on a regular basis. . . . We’re applying for grants together.” The next item on the partnership’s agenda is to attract more area businesses to have them help the cause.

Former Homeless Man Uses Internet to Raise Awareness About 15 years ago, Mark Horvath was just another homeless man on the streets of California. And after getting his life back

September 1 - 14, 2010 together as a video producer, he found himself again out of the job in November 2008, CBS News reports. But this time, Horvath didn’t let himself fall back into the cycle of homelessness. With a camera and a laptop in hand, Horvath went to homeless shelters, the streets and various tent cities to interview the homeless. He launched InvisiblePeople.TV as a space to share their stories and educate the public about the plight of the homeless, CBS reports. “The goal is to make the ‘invisible people’ in society more visible by bringing them out of the shadows where they are ignored,” Horvath told CBS. “We’re using social media to expose the pain, hardship and hopelessness that millions of people face each day.”

‘Homeless Park’ in Maine Town Raises Concerns Residents in a central Maine town say they are upset that a landowner who can’t build on his quarter-acre plot is opening up his land as a so-called “nature park” for the homeless, the Boston Herald reports. Already an 84-year-old homeless man and his dog have set up camp on the property in Skowhegan, where a banner reads: “Nature Park, Nature Trails for the Homeless People of Somerset County.” The land’s owner, Bruce Obert, said that zoning laws have barred him from build-

ing on the land. He says that since he can’t build, he decided to turn his land into a park for the homeless, complete with a picnic table and a portable toilet, the Herald reports.

Calif. Approves Homeless Civil Rights Protection Attacks on the homeless could violate California’s civil rights law under a bill approved by the state senate, the Associated Press reports. The bill that passed would allow the state’s roughly 157,000 homeless sue for higher damages if they are a target of assault because they are homeless. The bill, AB2706, designates the homeless as a protected class. It stops short, however, of declaring attacks on the homeless as hate crime. It passed on a 21-12 vote, without debate. It now returns to the assembly for final action, the AP reports.

Shinseki Pledges to Help Homeless Vets U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki says the department is committed to increase veterans’ access to benefits and services and to clear up the backlog of disability claims, the Providence Journal reports. Speaking at the Paralyzed Veterans of


America’s 64th annual convention, Shinseki said that the VA’s $114 billion budget for 2010 – 16% greater than the previous year – provides “much-needed firepower” to begin addressing those issues. He added that his department will ask for $125 billion in 2011.

Canada Town Builds Home to Solve Youth Homelessness A new transitional housing facility for local female youths is being built in Saskatchewan, a result of collaboration between its local government and Canada’s national one. Aimed at helping teenage girls vulnerable to homelessness, especially those of Aboriginal ancestry, the project will create a Saskatoon facility with ten new transitional beds. “Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs, and is helping those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty,” said Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin. “We are pleased to be working with the Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre, which will provide female youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with transitional housing to help them on their way to achieving independence.” Compiled by Dianna Heitz, from previously published reports.


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Gray Hopes for Homeless Vote Defeat Poverty DC, a coalition of local advocacy groups, business, labor, faith organizations and residents sent out an extensive questionnaire to candidates designed to explore their positions on issues of poverty, housing, employment, education and other social issues. The candidates’ responses have been posted at the Town Hall section of the Defeat Poverty DC website: Following are excerpts from responses to one key question offered by Mayor Adrian Fenty and City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, contending for the mayoral nomination in the September 14 Democratic primary.

FILE PHOTO courtesy of Brittany Pope

Mayoral canidate Vince Gray meets with a supporter at a recent event at Franklin Square Park.

Mayoral Candidate Vince Gray’s campaign registers homeless voters in Franklin Square By Brittany Pope, volunteer On a sunny afternoon in late August, Franklin Square Park is abuzz. DC mayoral candidate Vince Gray is scheduled to make an appearance, and many supporters line the benches awaiting his arrival. Despite the diversity of the crowd, they share common concerns because most are struggling with unemployment and homelessness. Just as Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign focused largely on a desire for change, the same sentiment seems to be widely felt among the people gathered to await Gray. They say they hope that their issues, the needs of the homeless and poverty-stricken, will be brought to the forefront of the September 14 Democratic primary race between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and his main rival, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. Here in this park, overlooking a former homeless shelter, discontent with the mayor seems pervasive.

“I want to see what Gray can do, how he can turn things around,” commented a woman who wished to remain anonymous. Having spent the last year homeless on the streets of DC, she has frequented the city’s homeless shelters and spoke on the “universal problems” plaguing the system, including “rodents, maintenance problems and frequent police activity.” She believes that homelessness is rapidly growing in the city, and looks to Gray for hope. Homeless Outreach Coordinator Tony Murphy is leading the Gray campaign outreach in Franklin Square by passing out flyers and voter registration forms. “We want to get as many people registered as we can!” he proclaims. Since 2005, Murphy has been working with the homeless and ex-offenders, engaging them in the voting process and providing transportation services to polls. He works the streets,

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Question: Poverty in the District of Columbia is a persistent problem which impacts all of us, not just those who struggle with it directly. What would your top priorities be for reducing poverty in our city? Adrian Fenty: I believe that education is the great equalizer, and because of this, I have made reforming DC public schools my top priority as Mayor. My goal is to have world-class education system, one that will enable residents from all parts of our city to compete successfully for jobs in high-growth industries. After three years of aggressive reform under Chancellor Rhee, results show that we are on the right track: students’ test scores are up from 2007, more students are graduating, and more students are taking and passing AP courses. These gains indicate that we are serving our children better, and as a result, they will be able to overcome barriers that perpetuate poverty. Vincent Gray: As Mayor, I will work tirelessly to reform education, expand job opportunities for District residents, and provide the kind of critical support needed to help move our low-income families out of poverty. First, I will establish a comprehensive economic development strategy aimed at connecting District residents to real, meaningful jobs… As Mayor, I will enforce the District’s First Source law, reinvigorate the Workforce Investment Council to provide improved oversight and foster better outcomes for local job training programs, expand and leverage the Community College’s contribution to workforce development, and revamp the Transitional Jobs Program to better provide an on-ramp to employment of District residents. Second, my administration will take a more holistic, ‘birth to 24’ approach to education by championing early childhood and higher education. As Mayor, I will make prenatal, infant, and toddler care affordable and accessible to all children with a priority focus on expanding infant/toddler care to low-income families. I will also establish a new ‘College Bound and Job Ready’ Financial Aid and Support Program to provide financial and other critical support to District high school graduates as they transition to college or into the workforce. Third, my administration will provide the kind of critical support needed for low-income residents to move out of poverty.  Meaningful poverty reduction necessitates improving access to quality childcare, ensuring access to viable transportation and increasing the availability of and access to healthy food options. Affordable housing is an essential component of successful poverty reduction strategies and is the springboard from which other interventions must be launched. As Mayor, I will continue to press for and be strongly committed to mixed-income affordable housing developments, increasing the supply of workforce housing and ensuring full compliance with mandatory zoning and affordable housing requirements in publicly assisted economic development projects.

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Proposed Shelter Closing Could Strain Overstretched Resources By Mary Otto, editor

FILE PHOTO courtesy of Cathy Bueker

This winter in Washington, there may be one less shelter available to homeless people in search of a bed. In the midst of drawing up the annual winter plan designed to keep homeless people from freezing to death, city officials and homeless advocates are grappling with the possibility that La Casa shelter, one of the few bilingual low-barrier overnight shelters in the District, could soon close. Each year, the city’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) develops a winter plan that lays out how local human service agencies and organizations will meet their obligations to protect homeless people from life-threatening winter weather. A hypothermia hotline is set up, outreach workers distribute blankets and vans are deployed to get people to safety. Hundreds of additional cold weather beds are set up in churches, shelters and other facilities. The recession and a growing homeless population have added to the usual challenges this year. The annual homeless count, conducted last January found 6,529 homeless people in the District, a 5 percent increase over 2009. Some pressure on the shelter system has been relieved by the fact that over the past two years, roughly 1,000 homeless people have been moved from shelters to apartments and provided with social services through a permanent supportive housing program championed by Mayor Adrian Fenty. Calculating these factors against shelter use last winter, ICH planners say they expect to need more beds this winter: 1,446 for men, 431 for women and 350 living units for families for the coming winter. The possible closing of La Casa, in the wake of the construction of a new residenA poster outside the shelter advertises an upcoming zoning comission hearing on a planned aparttial development project, is making their ment building at the site, which would close the shelter. planning process more difficult. Located on the 1400 block of Irving Street NW, the program director for La Casa, which is op- the zoning officials, the ultimate scheduling aging brick LaCasa facility with its fading erated for the city by the Coalition for the of the project at the La Casa site is “up to the murals and rows of weathered trailers be- Homeless of Washington, D.C. developer,” a zoning spokeswoman said. hind a chain link fence appears out of place The developer, Bethesda-based DonaBut posters taped to the walls and chain these days in the rapidly gentrifying Colum- link fence outside the shelter speak of an telli Development, Inc. did not respond to bia Heights neighborhood. uncertain future. The posters advertise a questions from Street Sense about the progAll around the old shelter rise big new September 30 zoning commission hearing ress of the project. national retail stores and sleek apartment to discuss a request by developers to build projects. Yet currently 72 homeless men 143 apartment units on the site, up from the La Casa shelter , which offers services in are bunked in the trailers. And according to 69 units already approved. The new apart- both English and Spanish fills a deep need one version of the draft winter plan, an ad- ments would be built as an addition to the and will not be easily replaced. Homeless ditional 75 hypothermia beds will be pro- Highland Park mixed-use residential and people often try to stay in familiar surroundvided at the facility. commercial development already rising ings and emergency shelter space has been “We’re operating under the premise that right next door to the shelter. Whether or at a premium in that neighborhood, said we will be open,” said Glen Rother, acting not the 143 apartments win approval from Chapman Todd, who is division director for


program operations at Catholic Charities and who serves on the ICH. “There has been no area more pressed in recent years than Mount Pleasant/ Columbia Heights,” Todd said. “The loss of capacity in that neighborhood without a replacement of those beds is a unique challenge.” If La Casa closes, the department is preparing to provide an additional 85 slots in permanent supportive housing, according to Laura Green Zeilinger, deputy director for program operations at the D.C. Department of Human Services. “If we do not have La Casa (the plan) is not to replace shelter with more shelter, “ said Zeilinger. “We are creating 85 housing opportunities.” Another 75 men could be shifted to beds set up in the cafeteria of the closed D.C. General Hospital, she said. “If we don’t have La Casa we’ll use the D.C. General cafeteria as our overflow space,” she said. Even with the prospect of the addition of permanent supportive housing units, some advocates have expressed worry at the idea of losing beds in the city’s emergency shelter system, particularly in Northwest Washington. “I’m concerned there is no sufficient backup plan if La Casa goes off line,” said Scott McNeilly, staff attorney for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and a member of the ICH. “We need to think about a building in that area.” And Robin Brown, program coordinator at the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter said she was concerned that dedicating the D.C. General cafeteria to overflow beds for men could be hard on women. In the past, women have found refuge from the cold in the D.C. General cafeteria after being turned away from other shelters. “I see a lot of turnaways for the women,” said Brown. And as in previous years, finding space for homeless families remains a concern. Last winter, up to 200 homeless families were housed in rooms at D.C. General Hospital. And needs have steadily increased since then. Between April and June, 517 families applied for shelter, according to figures compiled by the ICH. Work on the winter plan will continue. “This document is still very much a draft,” said Todd. Final approval is scheduled for a meeting of the Interagency Council on Homelessness to be held at 11 a.m. on September 23 at Miriam’s Kitchen, 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW.


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Running Toward a New Life

At Back on My Feet’s 20in24 fundraiser, winner Serge Aborna ran 146.7 miles in 24 hours. In second place was Sabrina Moran, who ran 125.18 miles.

Back on My Feet builds homeless individuals’ confidence and strength By Mary Yost, editorial intern A nonprofit group called Back on My Feet promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless people by encouraging them to run as a way of reclaiming confidence, strength and self esteem. The camaraderie of a sports atmosphere is invaluable to folks who might have forgotten the benefits of being part of a team, organizers say. Running with a team seems to restore a sense of confidence that helps homeless participants move forward in their lives. “They come in involved in a vicious cycle of homelessness and the justice system,” said Autumn Campbell, D.C. director of corporate communications and special events for Back on My Feet, which was founded in Philadelphia in 2007. “When they come into the program, they identify themselves as homeless, addicts and deadbeats. We help them by encouraging them to participate in a stable team atmosphere. Once they are in that atmosphere, they show up at 5:45 a.m. engaged,

happy and exuding positive attitudes. Their re-identification happens when they become athletes, teammates and friends.” Particpants draw energy and inspiration from running with their teams. “Every morning you are greeted with a smile and a hug,” said Lewis Smiley, who has run for two months with D.C.’s Clean and Sober Streets team. “We meet our trainers, walk across the street and get into a circle. The trainers ask everyone, ‘How is everything going?’ and then tell us how many miles we will run that day. Then we say the Lord’s Prayer and exercise.” Back on My Feet is not completely running specific. “Running is the vehicle we use to move members toward self-sufficiency,” Campbell said. “It is a means to changing the way a lot of our resident- members think about their situations and view homelessness as a social issue.” Once the participants reexamine their lives, they can channel their energy toward improving their situations. The program offers connections to job training, employment and housing benefits. Members can earn these services through

the currency of commitment, teamwork, respect and perseverance by maintaining a 90 percent attendance rate at the morning runs over a 30-day period and entering the Next Steps program. “We partner with employers and recommend individuals to those job partners,” Campbell said. “We say, ‘Let me tell you about Michael. He has a 90 percent attendance rate at 5:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. He has also taken computer and financial literacy classes. He will be a good employee for you, and we can recommend him to you.’” Anna Mahlum created the program after she developed a friendship with the homeless men she passed on her morning runs. “Running is such a beautiful metaphor for life,” she said in a press release. “Life is about choosing different roads and our program teaches the importance of choosing roads filled with opportunity, hope and happiness.” Back on My Feet, which also has chapters in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston, got its start in D.C. in March 2010. The newest

team began at La Casa Bilingual Shelter in northwest D.C. on July 28. “Residents begin with one mile when they start at Back on My Feet,” Campbell said. “As the teams mature and become more established, they begin running farther distances.” Despite the different distances run, the camaraderie of the team is maintained. “The majority of the people who come run as a team together, so we get to bond a certain way,” Smiley said. “I used to work as part of a construction team, but this is different because nobody has a separate agenda.” The team works together to achieve their goals. This team atmosphere encourages participants to continue running when challenges arise. “Even when you want to stop running, my teammates and the coaches cheer me on and say, ‘Yeah! You can do it!’ so I have the motivation to finish,” Smiley said. “It helps us get our lives and bodies back on track.” For more information on Back on My Feet, visit their Website at www.backonmyfeet. org.

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Young Designers Weigh in on Playground


KaBOOM! leads a new playground project in Anacostia to promote health “Monkey Bars! A slide! Swings!” exclaimed Ashley Blake, one of the nearly 20 new playground designers in her Anacostia neighborhood. Blake, 6, was joined Tuesday, August 24 by her playmates and neighbors at the People’s Co-Op on Elvan’s Road as they drew and yelled out their demands for the new playground they will have built for them. KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit, builds playgrounds to improve the lives of children and adults. It has chosen The People’s Co-Op to be one of the recipients of a playground project in Washington, DC. “Our goal is to build a playground within walking distance of every child in America,” said spokesperson and kid design coordinator Evan Mynatt. KaBOOM!’s co-sponsor for the construction is the government office of Kraft Foods, who provides most of the food products that the children get excited about. Mynatt began the design time with a couple of easy questions, “Who here eats Lunchables? How about Mac ‘N’ Cheese? And I bet you all drink Kool Aid!” Each was met with building excitement and screams of “YES!” Kraft Foods hopes that their investment in projects such as these will improve the health of children around the nation. The parents and community leaders of the People’s Co-Op are also excited for the playground’s construction. “This project is exciting,” said Andrea Giles. “This is the first time something like this has happened to

Continued from page 4 identifying the needs and concerns of the homeless and encouraging them to vote. Murphy is convinced Gray is a man with a “vision of compassion for everyone.” And Gray does have a long history of working with the needy. He was appointed as director of the D.C. Department of Human Services in 1991, and became the first executive director of Covenant House Washington in 1995, a program that offers support, counseling, hot meals and job training to homeless teens and young adults. The change these Gray supporters wish for is a more focused attention on the plight of the poor and homeless, something they claim the Fenty administration lacks. But Fenty has been quick to fight back when he has been accused of neglecting the poor. In an August 18 debate on WAMU’s 88.5 Kojo Nnamdi show, Fenty accused Gray of mishandling the homeless services budget when he was head of human services. And the mayor proudly points out that

PHOTO courtesy of Tim Young

By Tim Young, volunteer

KaBOOM! Kid Design coordinator Evan Mynatt gets suggestions from co-op kids for the new playground. our community, and I know it will keep the Reynolds. Another adult, Dion Byers said, “I want to kids active and out of trouble.” Other adults weighed in on what they would like to see be the first one on the swings.” The playground will be built in conjuncbuilt in the playground. “I would like to see swings and a sliding board,” said Clara tion with Kraft Foods’ Delicious Difference

over the past two years, his permanent supportive housing program has placed over 1,000 homeless people into apartments and provided them with services to address the problems that led to their homelessness. He says his goal is to get 2,500 housing units for the homeless by 2014. According to a city press release, permanent supportive housing “shows a 100 percent retention rate for families and a 95 percent rate for individuals, a rate that’s 11 percentage points higher than the national average.” But even as he has pursued the permanent supportive housing initiative. the Mayor has also been shaking up the muchcriticized D.C. homeless shelter system, raising anxiety among some who remain dependent upon it. Looming over Franklin Square is Franklin School, a National Historic Landmark that in 2002 was converted into a shelter for homeless men. Two years after he was elected mayor, in 2008, Fenty closed the shelter, amid protests and street marches. Some of the men who had stayed there were moved into permanent support-

ive housing, but others were moved to other shelters. Bitterness lingers among some who cite a continuing need for emergency shelters at a time when a declining economy and a national recession are pushing more individuals and families into the streets. Distrust of Fenty has been further fuelled among some gathered at Franklin Park by a flap over the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program. “I heard Fenty was changing funding from homelessness to the youth program,” worries Street Sense vendor Mark Wolf. In August, the D.C. City Council blocked an effort by Fenty to shift $4.3 million in federal money for poor families to enable the youth program to run for an additional seven days. City Councilman Michael Brown said the money would be better spent housing 250 homeless families. Fenty has continued to insist the federal money was intended to fund such initiatives as the Summer Youth Employment Program. The crown perks up when Vincent Gray arrives at Franklin Square Park, shaking

Week, October 4-9. In 2010, KaBoom! is helping communities construct 180 similar playgrounds around the nation in conjunction with multiple corporate sponsors. They have built over 1800 similar projects since the program began. “Communities go through a tough selection process in order to be chosen for a playground,” said Lisa Palmer, Director of Corporate Development for KaBOOM! Palmer went on to say that KaBOOM! aides communities that are dedicated to improving the lives of its children. “The people of this community have excited and inspired us (while developing the playground) and have done a lot to make this project come to life.” The KaBOOM! playground is one of many ongoing projects which are improving the Anacostia area. It is nearly impossible to drive through the South Eastern section of Washington, D.C. and not see a new art building or growing small business. There are multiple new building and housing developments along the road to the People’s Co-Op, which bring an unmistakably fresh look to the community. These improvements have begun to attract new community members to the area while paying homage to Anacostia’s rich cultural traditions. People’s Co-Op resident Wanda Reynolds excitedly summed up everything that has been going on in the region in four words, “It’s a Positive Change!”

Bitterness lingers among some who cite a continued need for emergency shelters at a time when a declining economy and recession push more individuals and families into the streets. hands and exchanging words with his supporters. Carlos Coleman, who is deaf, looks to Gray to create more jobs and housing for the hearing impaired. Gray sparks hope in the hearts of the people in the park. They feel the change they need is fast approaching. “We are a unique population,” says the homeless woman who wishes to remain anonymous. “And we need something to suit our needs.”


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Vendor David Denny took an afternoon to capture shots of what he sees every day while selling Street Sense to patrons. He captured a street band, a customer, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, a fellow vendor and goods for sale.



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Street Sudoku

By David Rubin

Join YNPNdc for our 3rd Wednesday Networking Happy Hour series featuring Street Sense! Connect with a new community of young nonprofit professionals and learn more about the efforts of Street Sense to provide economic opportunities for people experiencing homelessness in DC.

Wednesday, September 15 6–8pm Iron Horse Taproom

507 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

In addition to meeting representatives from Street Sense, guests will have a chance to meet YNPNdc Board and Leadership Council Members and learn about the exciting opportunities, including professional development programs, planned for this Fall. Please feel free to bring along friends or coworkers. We look forward to meeting you! THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. YNPNdc engages and supports nonprofit professionals through development and networking opportunities. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/YNPNDC

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An introduction to Harold Barnum: Part 2 By Adam Sirgany, intern

“Hey. Can you help me out?” Barnum approached her as she eyed him over the counter of the nurse’s station. “Yes, sir.” She was professional and polite. “Can I get your name?” he asked. “Hattie Jameson, RN. Is something wrong, sir?” She set down her paperwork. “ We l l , H a t t i e Jameson, I’m Harold A. Barnum, and I have got to know what a pretty thing like you is doin’ bustin’ her hump in here,” he asked, bent at the hips with his forearms on the nurse’s station. “Working.” She resumed transferring a patient’s blood pressure from one chart to another. “Oh, you know what I mean.” He pushed off the counter and grabbed it with his hands. “Don’t you have someone to pay the bills for you, a nice-looking lady like you? Or have the women’s liberators made it all the way from New York down here?” She set her pen to the side and leaned over her desk as if to tell him a secret. A wave of brown hair dropped across one temple. “I’m from New Jersey, and I’m not a women’s liberator.” She seemed disgusted at the term. “But I do like my job. I make children feel better.” Her face said her point was finished. He pouched his lips at her. “Can you make me feel better?” “This time of the afternoon, I change catheters and colostomy bags. Would you like one of those, sir?” She stood up from her chair. “How about you just tell me when you want me to pick you up for dinner. I took the whole day off of work to come here, so I can get you anytime.” She paused for a moment. “I’m done at 6 and I like to shower after work. I won’t be ready until 6:20,” she explained to a tap of a pen on her thigh. “You will not be here before 6:20.” Harold Barnum was back at the hospital to pick up Hattie Jameson at 6:12 by his watch. He married her in June of ’59 by the calendar.

That was about 35 years before the vet diagnosed Beau with cancer. Hattie refused to put him down. She nursed him as best she knew how, and he lived until May of ’96, 8 months later than that know-nothing quack gave him. B e a u w a s f o l l ow e d by Coal, a frumpish pug who had as much interest in the Barnums as a teenager might in his parents. He was quiet and kept to himself. Coal was the only dog Harold ever liked on a personal level. Anyhow, the seizures were a hoot to watch, and he never seemed any worse for them. Hattie was less amused. Then again, she wasn’t amused by much in those days. Tired after coming home from the maternity ward, she slept most of the evening. Harold suggested she ask one of the doctors at work about it. That and the bruises. He knew for a fact he hadn’t caused them. Hattie didn’t think that was necessary. Everyone aged. Only Hattie was aging in dog years. She and Coal were getting old together. He went first, in his sleep. She stayed around. Watched Harold bring a German shepherd home and befriended the little guy. Despite the fact that she couldn’t run around with him as much as she had the rest, she was a good ball roller and her lap made for a better head rest than his bed ever did. Porter was resting in that lap the day leukemia finally exhausted Hattie completely. He was awakened by the feel of dissipating heat. And he barked at her until Harold had come home and the men in the white van had come and tossed her around like a chew toy and taken her away. He barked until Harold had talked out his tears with his friend Jim Beam. Until Jim had gone and Harold had fallen asleep in the TV chair. When Harold fell asleep Porter stopped barking and waited. But he knew something new and unpleasant had happened in his house. Hattie had disappeared. He missed her. It made him sad. So he woke Harold. Harold might know what to do. Harold didn’t. He just struck Porter across the snout. That was the first time Harold Barnum had ever hit Porter. And it was the only time. For several months. Until Harold was sleeping and Porter was anxious and photo by Chrystal Oates

Hattie was less than pleased when Harold brought the mutt home, covered in mud and stinking of shit and gingko leaves. The dog looked like his eyes were infected, and by the touch, he was nothing but fur on a skeleton. Harold had, of course, forgotten the cigarettes. A good bath, first for the dog and later for herself, calmed her. But it wasn’t until the dog had had a bowl of milk and closed his eyes to sleep that Hattie began to feel motherly toward him. “It is hard to hate something with a yawn bigger than its face,” Hattie explained pointedly to Harold when he teased her about the change of heart. “Besides, taking care of babies is what I do.” She named the dog “Peanut” and called him “P.” A fitting name for a little tan dog, thought Hattie. “My sweet P.” “P,” Barnum thought, should stand for “Pain in the Ass.” The little shit never did out grow his constant yelping. God damn. It’s not like he was attention deprived. When the yelping did stop forever, Hattie insisted on a new dog right away. She called the new mutt AllieM a name Harold thought showed just how much she considered the things her kids. Hattie didn’t like that. “Almond,” she insisted. “They’re pets, Harold. ‘Allie’ is short for Almond. The Almond of my eye.” She looked to the ceiling affectionately. “She isn’t an Almond. You just need a new Peanut. Call her what she is.” What the dog was had failed to make Harold think of almonds or even peanuts and instead made him think of winos covered in the lint from his argyle sweater. The only endearing thing about this too-thin dog was the shape of her face, which made passersby imagine she was smiling at them, though the hair around her mouth made some think she was smiling from having the mange. When Allie passed on, probably of old age, Hattie took some time to mourn. Mourning, though, was followed closely by Beau, a basset hound with the most pitiful look Harold had ever seen. Hattie said he just hadn’t spent much time looking at himself in the mirror in the late 1980s. Nonetheless, Hattie liked sad eyes. It was Harold’s own that had caught her attention as he had walked out of her hospital back in ’58. They were fetching enough that she never bothered to check what he’d needed penicillin for, amen. Harold hadn’t thought much about Hattie’s eyes at the time. He couldn’t have recalled the color; he knew now that they were stained oak. Sure, he thought she was a looker in that white, cotton nurse’s dress

of hers. And when you’re walking out of the doc’s office with a bottle of meds for VD, it’s time to start considering lookers in white dresses. And he did.

How about you just tell me when you want me to pick you up f o r d i n n e r. I took the whole day off work to come here so I can get you anytime.

wanted to go outside and woke Harold to take him. Then Harold had hit him again. The dog stumbled into the kitchen. Porter took several moments to let the sting leave his nose. Then he began to bark again. “All right, Porter. Let’s take you outside. For chrissake, knock it off, will ya?” The man lowered the leg rest of the TV chair, and his legs fell to the floor barely bent. Clawing the muffin tops of the chair arms, Barnum drug his legs backward and pushed himself up to a poorly engineered stand. Porter barked in applause. Several minutes later, after having stopped in the kitchen for a glass of water, in the bathroom to give a BM a fair go, and once more in the kitchen to eat a peculiarly pliable windmill cookie, Barnum managed to reach the entryway and get an arm in his mackinaw. Porter sat down and scrutinized the man as he finished putting on his coat. Barnum picked the dog’s leash off one of the pegs on the coatrack. “Come on now. There ya go.” He leaned over the dog with cautious precision and smiled to himself when the metal clip went click and actually caught the loop of Porter’s collar. Barnum opened the door and the two were immediately met with a freckling of water across their faces. Both paused to consider the situation. No. “No.” Barnum began to close the door. Porter, who stood pointed into the downpour like a proud Sir Edmund Hilary, whimpered.


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Needed: Fewer Guns, More Butter Instead of cutting food stamps, Congress should spend less on wars By Tim Young, volunteer As Congress attempts to correct deficits around the nation tough decisions have been made. One of the most critical and questionable however, has been the decision to cut $12 billion from food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Granted, they say that this money has been redirected to other programs such as education, fire, and police departments, but is that just rhetoric? Current numbers show that nearly one in every seven Americans recieves benefits from food assistance programs. At least two families on your block are surviving with assistance from the government. At current rates, each family receives roughly

$134 dollars per month. After the recent cuts, they will receive $59 less per month by 2013. Though Congress tells us that it is meeting state and local needs, are we not forgetting about something much largerthe wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Virtually no one can forget the wars that were started by, and led to the Republican Party’s downfall and the rise of Democratic leadership. The major campaign promise from President Obama was to end these wars, rectifying the errors of the past administration. At the end of July, Congress passed a bill which allocated $33 billion to continue the same war the administration promised would end at the exact same time. Isn’t that an odd coincidence? We were told that at the end of July that only “combat” troops were being removed. That rhetoric changed however, as “administrative”

troops were moving into the region in their place. If you take out the not-so-catchy adjectives, this administration has decided to withdraw troops and replace them with troops. Furthermore, troops aren’t replacing weapons with paperwork, so it would appear that our military presence in the Middle East is unchanging contrary to the Obama administration’s promises. So it’s up to your imagination as to where that money is going. Sure, it looks nice if you say that your tax dollars fund projects such as education or the local fire department, but since all dollars are created equal (and arguably of less value everyday), one can just as easily say that his/her neighbors are being forced to give up eating so that our country can continue to fight a war that we should have never been involved in and were promised would end. Given the basic numbers presented, if Congress had given an extra $21 billion to fund the war, there would be no need

Given the basic numbers presented, if Congress had only given an extra $21 billion to fund the war, there would be no need for any cuts to food service programs. for any cuts to food service programs and we could still provide for state deficits and needs. With the unemployment rate 10 percent nationwide and calculated at well above 17 percent when including those not reporting and working less than full-time, isn’t it time we stopped funding unnecessary international projects and started to help those who are in need here at home?

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Homeless Job Seekers Battling the Odds By Bobby Corrigan , volunteer Given these harrowing economic times, it’s common to read about the unemployed in our city. We’re sometimes told that since DC is the hub of government, the unemployed here have it easier than the rest of the country. However, the current unemployment rate of 10.5 percent in our nation’s capital suggests the opposite. Clearly, lots of people are having difficulty finding a job in this city. DC’s homeless, whose current crisis is often the product of unemployment, are one group finding it especially difficult. When envisioning a homeless person, many would likely conjure up a grossly stereotyped image of a bearded man adorned with more coats than appropriate for the weather, begging with a change cup in hand, and with seemingly no understanding of personal hygiene. They may also think that person does not have a job and is not looking for one. This could not be further from the truth. According to a 2002 national study by the Urban Institute, 45 percent of homeless adults reported having worked within

the past 30 days. Coincidentally, unemployment is the second most commonly reported reason for homelessness among adults. Despite these statistics, employment for the homeless is a policy issue that has taken a back seat to current nationwide Housing First efforts. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find recent data on homeless employment rates, evidenced by the fact that the Urban Institute’s 2002 study is the most recent reliable data found. It’s simply not given much attention because homeless employment initiatives typically cost more than programs that house the homeless. It’s akin to brushing a problem under the rug; out of sight, out of mind. Even with the relative lack of attention given to this issue by the DC government, many situationally homeless individuals pull themselves out of homelessness through

Homeless job seekers often have very limited storage space to keep interview clothing. hard work and diligent saving. And despite their demonstrated willingness to work when given the opportunity, the lifestyle circumstances experienced by the homeless make it incredibly difficult to find and keep a job, let alone the full time, stable jobs that so many of us enjoy. Take a moment to picture yourself as a homeless job seeker. Imagine sleeping on a bunk bed in a large room shared by dozens of individuals. Imagine being roused from sleep at night by a stumbling drunk or a rambling person suffering from mental health problems. You may sleep with an alcohol-filled spray bottle to keep bed bugs at bay. Envision yourself being wakened by a punch in the face for

snoring in your sleep. During the day, things aren’t much easier. Homeless job seekers often have very limited storage space to keep interview clothing. They also lack basic resources such as funding for transportation to and from job interviews or even to get to work once they have a job. Some have criminal records or disabilities that prove to be major barriers to employment. Others can’t afford to keep their professional certifications or licenses current. Many don’t have access to a computer or printer. Fortunately, there is help available for homeless job seekers. Many private nonprofit organizations, such as Jubilee Jobs or DC Central Kitchen, provide vital resources to these individuals. Also, to be fair, the DC government recently awarded $2.5 million worth of grants for job training programs to serve 1,300 DC residents, including the homeless. However, in spite of these ongoing efforts, it is important to remember that the playing field for homeless job seekers remains uneven. Bobby Corrigan is a case manager at Jobs Have Priority, Inc.

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An Open Letter to President Obama By Jeff McNeil, vendor Dear Mr. Obama, I know when you came into office, you inherited a country in disarray. I am still bitter that George Bush and Dick Cheney were allowed to serve two terms. I also believe that you are getting poor advice from your economic advisers. They are using outdated information to gauge the impact of how the economy is affecting the American people. I would like to demonstrate a new way to gauge the overall health of the economy: the Street Sense vendor indicators. Street Sense is a D.C. newspaper that offers the poor and homeless income while providing opportunities for individuals who might not be able to seek employment. The vendors who sell the paper receive income through donations. I am a vendor who sells regularly, and I have customers basically in all parts of the Washington area. My indicators are as follows:


1. Moods 2. Size of donations 3. Frequency of customers 4. Overall health of those who beg for money The mood indicator: I regularly sell on K and L Streets early in the mornings. I can tell when people have money when I see a lot of smiles instead of scowls. When people come and chat with you, this means they usually have time and their jobs are relatively secure. When they are moving fast, that means stress, tension and nervousness. A layoff might be around the corner. When they are mean, that means they are annoyed and irritated, which may be a sign of financial stress. Please take note of this indicator. The sentiment lately has been awful. People no longer stop and talk to me; they usually grunt and pass by me like I am a nuisance. I believe it’s because of the financial strain and fear of losing their jobs that they act this way.

Donations: Street Sense vendors’ income comes from contributions from people willing to give a dollar or two. When the economy is good, paper sales are usually robust and the donations are hefty. When people are struggling, they are going into their change, or they say things like, “This is all I have.” Sometime you get a buyer who is angry because he donated a dollar to you. Lately, donations have been paltry. Regular customers say, “Can I pay you later?” With the recent price hike for the Metro, my regulars are financially strained. Customer-vendor relationship: This is a

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depressing indicator. Having been around a few years, I know many people in the Washington, D.C., area pretty well. I have built bonds with many people who have lost their jobs, and it saddens me, because one day you see someone and the next day they disappear because they got laid off. Not only does it affect them, but it filters down to the hot dog vendor and even a newspaper vendor such as me. I urge you to grant more of a stimulus for the relief of those who lost their jobs. The Georgetown indicator: Whenever I see people begging for money in Georgetown, I look at their weight. If they’re thin and frail, I know they’re hurting and will give what I have. When someone who begs has a round belly and is very jolly, this tells me that things are pretty good for him. Georgetown is a good area to check for this. Lately, many beggars have been frail and skinny, which means that even the wealthiest areas in Washington are feeling the strain of the economy.

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Jami-Lin Williams Office & Editorial Volunteer May to July 2010

Jami-Lin Williams Jami-Lin Williams came to a volunteer orientation in the beginning of the summer and said she wanted to help Street Sense in any way she could. Throughout the summer, she proved to be an incredible asset to our team, contributing in all different areas of the organization – researching and writing stories, volunteering in the office twice a week, assisting with event planning, helping with the finances and sharing the Street Sense mission with her personal network. Most importantly, Jami was always happy to step in at the last minute. On several occasions when a volunteer called in sick, or when we had extra projects on a deadline, we called Jami at the last minute to fill in and help out, and nearly every time she showed up and really came through for us. Our vendors knew Jami well as an office volunteer who regularly worked paper sales over the summer, and appreciated her pleasant demeanor, but also her toughness and strength that comes in handy when working in the office. Congratulations to Jami-Lin Williams, August’s Volunteer of the Month! Jami-Lin came to us from Wellesley college, where she is studying English and Spanish.


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Kenneth Belkosky Vendor #224 2008 - present

Kenneth Belkosky, #224 Early every other Wednesday morning when the new Street Sense issue is delivered, 5 to 10 vendors gather at our metro center office to help carry 15,000 newspapers from the back of the Church around the building, up the stairs, and into our storage closet. At 6:50 AM on the Wednesday of the last issue, Kenneth Belkosky explained to me that he was late to arrive, as the walk from the shelter took him longer than usual because of the torrential downpour that demobilized D.C. that morning. When I asked where he was walking from, he matter-of-factly explained that he walked from a shelter off Columbia Pike in Arlington to the Street Sense office in downtown D.C. every day, an estimated 2 hour walk. This particular morning, he showed up without an umbrella, drenched from the rain, but with the same smile I’ve come to expect from Ken. I’d never heard Ken even mention his long walk, much less complain about it, but it was no surprise given his exceptional work ethic. Truly an inspiration to us all, Ken is working to overcome serious mental illnesses and, until a few weeks ago when he finally got into a shelter, he was sleeping on the streets in Virginia. He regularly makes the 2 hour trek from Arlington to DC to buy papers, and sells them in DC and in Northern Virginia, an area with which most vendors do not bother. Congratulations, Ken, on being our very first Vendor of the Month!

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The District SHELTER

Calvary Women’s Services 110 Maryland Ave, NE (202) 289-0596 (office) (202) 289-2111 (shelter) Central Union Mission (Men) 1350 R Street, NW (202) 745–7118 CCNV (Men and Women) 425 2nd Street, NW (202) 393–1909 photos by Amy vokes

Community of Hope (Family) 1413 Girard Street, NW (202) 232–7356 Covenant House Washington (Youth) 2001 Mississippi Ave SE (202) 610–9600 Housing, education, job prep

September 1 - 14, 2010 9:30-11, all welcome/dinner for women and children, Mon-Fri, 3-6 pm) St. Stephens Parish Church 1525 Newton St, NW (202) 737–9311 Food and Friends 219 Riggs Road, NE (202) 269–2277 Miriam’s Kitchen 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW (202) 452–8089 The Welcome Table Church of the Epiphany 1317 G Street, NW (202) 347–2635 ministry/welcometbl.htm

MEDICAL RESOURCES Christ House 1717 Columbia Road, NW (202) 328–1100

John Young Center (Women) 119 D Street, NW (202) 639–8469 www,

Unity Health Care, Inc. 3020 14th Street, NW (202) 745–4300

My Sister’s Place PO Box 29596 Washington, DC 20017 office (202) 529-5261 24-hour hotline (202)-529-5991 shelter and other services for domestic violence victims

Whitman–Walker Clinic 1407 S Street, NW (202) 797–3500;

N Street Village (Women) 1333 N Street, NW (202) 939–2060 801 East, St. Elizabeths Hospital (Men) 2700 MLK Avenue, SE (202) 561–4014 New York Ave Shelter (Men 18+) 1355–57 New York Avenue, NE (202) 832–2359 Open Door Shelter (Women) 425 Mitch Snyder Place, NW (202) 639–8093

FOOD Charlie’s Place 1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW (202) 232–3066 Church of the Pilgrims (Sundays only) 2201 P Street, NW (202) 387–6612 Thrive DC (breakfast Mon-Fri,

OUTREACH CENTERS Bread for the City 1525 Seventh Street, NW (202) 265–2400 AND 1640 Good Hope Road, SE (202) 561–8587 food pantry, clothing, legal and social services, medical clinic Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place 4713 Wisconsin Avenue NW (202) 364–1419; housing, medical and psych care, substance abuse and job counseling Bethany Women’s Center 1333 N Street, NW (202) 939–2060 meals, hygiene, laundry, social activities, substance abuse treatment Father McKenna Center 19 Eye Street, NW (202) 842–1112 Green Door (202) 464–9200 1221 Taylor Street NW

housing, job training, supportive mental health services Friendship House 619 D Street, SE (202) 675–9050 counseling, mentoring, education, youth services, clothing Georgetown Ministry Center 1041 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (202) 338–8301 www.georgetownministrycenter. org laundry, counseling, psych care Martha’s Table 2114 14th Street, NW (202) 328–6608 dinner, education, recreation, clothing, child/family services Rachel’s Women’s Center 1222 11th Street, NW (202) 682–1005 php hygiene, laundry, lunch, phone and mail, clothing, social events Sasha Bruce Youthwork 741 8th Street, SE (202) 675–9340 counseling, housing, family services So Others Might Eat (SOME) 71 “O” Street, NW (202) 797–8806; lunch, medical and dental, job and housing counseling

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Academy of Hope GED Center 601 Edgewood St NE 202-269-6623 Bright Beginnings Inc. 128 M Street NW, Suite 150 (202) 842–9090 Child care, family services Catholic Community Services 924 G Street, NW (202) 772–4300 www.ccs– umbrella for a variety of services D.C. Coalition for the Homeless 1234 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (202) 347–8870; housing, substance abuse treatment, employment assistance DC Food Finder Interactive online map of free and low cost resources. Community Family Life Services 305 E Street, NW

(202) 347–0511 housing, job and substance abuse counseling, clothes closet Foundry Methodist Church 1500 16th Street, NW (202) 332–4010 ESL, lunch, clothing, IDs Gospel Rescue Ministries drug, alcohol program (Men) 810 5th Street, NW (202) 842–1731; Hermano Pedro Day Center 3211 Sacred Heart Way, NW (202) 332–2874 http://www.ccs– meals, hygiene, laundry, clothing JHP, Inc. 1526 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE (202) 544–9126 training and employment Jubilee Jobs 1640 Columbia Road, NW (202) 667–8970 job preparation and placement National Coalition for the Homeless 2201 P Street, NW (202) 462–4822 activists, speakers bureau National Student Partnerships (NSP) 128 M Street NW, Suite 320 (202) 289–2525 Job resource and referral agency Samaritan Ministry 1345 U Street, SE , AND 1516 Hamilton Street, NW (202)889–7702 HIV support, employment, drug/ alcohol addiction, healthcare St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1514 15th Street, NW (202) 667–4394 food, counseling St. Matthew’s Cathedral 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (202) 347–3215 ext. 552 breakfast, clothing, hygiene Travelers Aid, Union Station 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE (202) 371–1937 emergency travel assistance Washington Legal Clinic for the

Homeless 1200 U Street, NW (202) 328–5500

WVSA Literacy for Life 1100 16th Street, NW (202) 296-9100 GED preparation and work force education

MARYLAND SHELTER Interfaith Works 114 W. Montgomery Avenue Rockville (301) 762–8682 The Samaritan Group Inc. P.O. Box 934, Chestertown (443) 480–3564 Warm Night Shelter 311 68th Place, Seat Pleasant (301) 499–2319

FOOD Bethesda Cares 7728 Woodmont Avenue Bethesda (301) 907–9244 Community Place Café 311 68th Place, Seat Pleasant (301) 499–2319; Manna Food Center 614–618 Lofstrand Lane, Rockville (301) 424–1130

MEDICAL RESOURCES Community Clinic, Inc. 8210 Colonial Lane Silver Spring (301) 585–1250 Mobile Medical Care, Inc. 9309 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda (301) 493–2400

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Catholic Charities, Maryland 12247 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring (301) 942–1790 shelter, substance abuse treatment, variety of other services Mission of Love 6180 Old Central Avenue, Capitol Heights (301)333–4440

15 life skills classes, clothing, housewares Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless 600–B East Gude Drive, Rockville (301) 217–0314; emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services

VIRGINIA SHELTER Alexandria Community Shelter 2355 B-Mill Road, Alexandria (703) 838–4239 Carpenter’s Shelter 930 N. Henry Street, Alexandria (703) 548–7500 The Arlington–Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless 3103 9th Road, North, Arlington (703) 525–7177

FOOD ALIVE!, Inc. 2723 King Street, Alexandria (703) 836–2723 www.alive– Our Daily Bread 10777 Main Street #320, Fairfax (703) 273–8829 www.our–daily–

MEDICAL RESOURCES Arlington Free Clinic 2921 11th Street South Arlington (703) 979–1400

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Abundant Life Christian Outreach, 5154 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria (703) 823–4100 www.anchor–of– food, clothing, youth development, and medicines David’s Place Day Shelter 930 North Henry Street, Alexandria (703) 548–7500 laundry, shower, workshops, hypothermia shelter

Shelter Hotline: 1–800– 535–7252


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You helped your country. Now your country can help you. Have you served your country in the military? You could qualify for no-cost health care, housing and employment assistance, and other benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit one of these local VA facilities:

By Amy Vokes, program manager As I wrap up my sixth week at Street Sense, I am inspired by the vendor community with whom I am currently working. A group of about 100 dedicated vendors represent and live the change that policy makers love to talk about. Coming from a workforce development background, my approach to poverty alleviation and ending homelessness has always been one of pragmatism, tangible benchmarks and individual empowerment through employment, education and perseverance. What sets Street Sense apart from traditional employment or the sometimes too-formulaic case plans used in social services is the coupling of job skills and income management with the intangible elements of human development: self-confidence, social and conflict resolution skills, a positive attitude, hope for something better and a solid work ethic. Building partnerships with social service providers in the area, Street Sense is not only a newspaper, but a supportive, healing community where people experiencing homelessness can come to work and earn income as well as to search for a permanent job, attend a support group or learn about homeless services opportunities in the city.

New opportunities for vendors, including our “Tea Time with Women of Street treet Sense� and a competitive sales program with newspaper bonuses for top sellers are helping to engage people more effectively and meaningfully. In the next six months as we revamp our vendor training program, we plan to increase our recruitment efforts to include more women, bilingual vendors, and single parents, reaching a much larger segment of the homeless population than we currently do. Recognizing a need for a better-defined path of a Street Sense vendor, we are working with local social service providers to design individual plans for improvement, goal setting, and benchmarks throughout their time as a vendor. We have an opportunity to cut across political barriers and agendas to make a difference not only in the lives of our vendors, but also in the lives of our readers and the people who have yet to become readers. We realize that the mutually beneficial relationship of our vendors and our supporters is a unique way to truly foster community development. Reaching out not only to those with homeless services on their personal agenda, but also to business owners, law enforcement, students and politicians, we hope to engage the entire community around us and work together towards our common goals. I look forward to hearing from you and other readers, and welcome email feedback on vendor services at amy@



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