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Sasha Bruce
We Deserve Access to Quality Mental Health

We Deserve Access to Quality Mental Health

The following post was presented by the author as testimony during the 2022 DC Department of Human Services budget hearings. The text format has been modified for online viewing. Good afternoon members of the Council: First, I want to thank you for the opportunity to...
Christina, Youth Advocate

Christina, Youth Advocate

Christina, a bright college student, never imagined she would ever experience homelessness. But when her mother was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, things quickly changed. Her mom got sicker and could not work. The medical bills began to pile up and they...

Keyla’s Story

I am the oldest of six.  The six of us had always lived alone with our Dad in Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. near the Suitland Parkway.  Unfortunately, my Dad lost his job.  My family moved out of our apartment into the attic of a family friend for about a...
A Diamond in the Rough

A Diamond in the Rough

I WAS ON THE VERGE OF BEING HOMELESS.  It was 2015, I was 23 years old– my feelings were hurt.  I was feeling lost. I couldn’t believe that I was on the verge of being HOMELESS.  Since 1992, the year that I was born, I had always had a place to call home.  I...

Steven – in his own words

My name is Steven and I am 17 years old; my first high was when I was 12.  I did not go anywhere without a hit or a pill being popped. I never want to stop cause I remember why I started.  I hurry to the next thing to numb me for my mother is so frustrated with me and...

Joy rather than conflict

When Deon (21 years old) was brought up at a shared provider meeting to discuss whether he should be placed in a housing program, his previous provider mentioned that he is currently living with his family.  They were seriously struggling to make ends meet, the family...