Fourth annual local news blitz on homelessness

Promotional graphic featuring a photo of protestors with signs about homelessness outside of the Wilson Building, a logo that says "DC Homeless Crisis (dot) press" and the phrase "Seeking solutions" with speech bubbles replacing the "o" in "solutions."

Photo by Ken Martin, logo by Stephanie Rudig

For the fourth consecutive year, at least seven local newsrooms are joining us in a collaborative effort to investigate what is working and what is not working to reduce and prevent homelessness in our communities across the District.

The crux of this project is that the partnering media outlets are pooling resources and sharing audiences as we assess this persistent crisis and disseminate those findings as widely as possible. We coordinate coverage to avoid duplication of efforts and, through our combined body of work, hope to provide a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the forces that perpetuate poverty.

    • All of these stories will be published online Aug. 29 and collected at
    • They will be shared and discussed on social media using the hashtag #DCHomelessCrisis.
    • The Kojo Nnamdi Show will be entirely devoted to this effort today, featuring a segment about homeless students and a segment about food insecurity. Tune in to WAMU 88.5 FM at 12 p.m. and join the conversation by callingemailing or tweeting in.
    • Last week we launched the #DCHomelessCrisis Solutions public Facebook group. We aim to start a lot of conversations today surrounding the new information that has been reported. But the power and potential of this group is to unite a community concerned about addressing homelessness in our region and continue to host conversations and share information year-round. Please join and invite your friends, family, and colleagues in the DMV area to do the same. Any member may create a post to start a conversation.
    • And you may always reach the Street Sense Media newsroom at [email protected] or share your views for publication to [email protected].

Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting the 130 vendors who work to bring you the Street Sense Media publication, many of whom also share stories and expertise you won’t find anywhere else. And thank you for sharing whatever mattered most to you from our collaborative reporting with your councilmember when they return from summer recess the week of Sept. 16.

The many complex factors that keep more than 500,000 Americans and just over 6,500 Washingtonians living in a state of emergency demand rigorous, objective and consistent reporting from our newsrooms.

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