Enterprise Grant Supports Everyone Home DC Services and Programs
Enterprise’s Mid-Atlantic Market awarded Everyone Home DC a $40,000 grant to support their work in addressing homelessness. Everyone Home DC supports the holistic needs of individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness along with critical support that enables chronically homeless individuals to move from the street into permanent housing.
Meeting Clients Needs Through a Person-Centered Approach
Through a person-centered approach, EHDC meets clients where they are and connects them to community resources, including helping obtain IDs like birth certificates and social security cards, setting up healthcare visits for medical and mental health needs, and securing medical benefits, food stamps and other supportive services.
Through a housing first approach, working within the framework that everyone is ready and able to be housed without preconditions, EHDC works with partners like Unity Health Care, to provide their clients with access to high-quality medical care with an emphasis on neighborhoods located in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, D.C.
The EHDC street outreach program is enhanced by its Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART), a volunteer outreach team that deploys in the evenings to do welfare checks on our neighbors sleeping outside, connect them with shelter, and in extreme circumstances, call for emergency services.
EHDC's History, Mission and Vision
Everyone Home DC began as Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM), a collective of churches that were responding to the turbulence of the 1960s to address the challenges faced by their congregants and communities. Today, Everyone Home DC supports the holistic needs of individuals and families at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.
With a vision of the District of Columbia as a thriving and diverse community for all citizens, EHDC leverages it faith council to highlight an imperative to end homelessness. Other EHDC programs, including its Shirley’s Place Day Center, provide critically needed services for personal care of chronically homeless individuals living in and around Capitol Hill.
EHDC’s Family Homelessness Prevention Program provides mediation, flexible financial assistance and connection to additional support services in order to help families at imminent risk of homelessness avoid having to enter the shelter system. EHDC provides leadership to The Way Home Campaign to end chronic homelessness and participates in city-wide policy and coordinated entry meetings, working to continuously improve D.C.’s services and progress toward ending homelessness.
What the Grant Support Means to EHDC's Work
Everyone Home DC Executive Director Karen Cunningham explains the importance of the grant:
“I am beyond thrilled that Enterprise Community Partners has chosen to invest in Everyone Home DC's work to end homelessness in the District of Columbia. Our Enterprise grant will enable us to enhance the services we provide for individuals experiencing homelessness in the areas of essential needs, wellness, income and learning.
“We will be able to not only address immediate survival needs, but also provide a range of other supports that our clients need in order to obtain and maintain housing, and ultimately, to thrive.
“Enterprise's support for our advocacy work and Faith Community Council will allow us to engage clients and community members to more powerfully advocate for the needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in the District. In a rapidly gentrifying city, it is essential that we lift up the voices of those most in need and most at risk of being left behind while others prosper.”