Georgia Avenue Community Groups Walk Together to End Homelessness

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Residents of the Georgia Avenue Corridor, in conjunction with students at Howard University, will host a Help The Homeless Community Walk to support the cause of ending homelessness in DC. Organizations leading the walk include the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force, Georgia Avenue Business Alliance (GABA), NAACP (Howard Chapter), College Democrats (Howard Chapter) and Ubiquity Inc.

WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 2012, 12pm

WHERE: Event starts at Bruce Monroe Community Park (Georgia Ave. NW & Columbia Rd. NW) and ends at Howard University Hospital (2041 Georgia Ave. NW).

The presentation and walk will support over 1,000 homeless and at-risk individuals served at Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place – a twenty-one year old homeless services organization offering permanent, practical solutions to homelessness and working with men and women experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives.

Sylvia Robinson, co-founder of the Georgia Avenue Task Force, will speak on the need for services for the homeless population of Georgia Avenue. A formerly homeless individual will talk about what it's like to struggle with homelessness and will share a personal experience navigating the DC homeless service system, commenting on what it takes to rebuild a life from homelessness. Friendship Place Executive Director, Jean-Michel Giraud, will then speak about ending homelessness in DC and the role Friendship Place plays in assisting with the mobilization of the Georgia Avenue community.

This event is open to the public. Registration can be completed at or by calling (202)503-2967. A suggested $30 donation covers one adult walker, $20 covers one youth walker.

In the last year, the District has seen a 2.4% decrease in homelessness among individuals, but a shocking 18.6% increase in family homelessness. With the proper systems and funding in place, ending homelessness for the roughly 7,000 individuals and families in DC is completely possible.

Learn more about DC's five-year plan to end homelessness here

For twenty-one years, Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place has empowered men and women experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives with the involvement of the community. Through innovative leadership and community engagement, we provide effective, customized programs for those experiencing homelessness, including street outreach, shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, health care, job placement, and advocacy.

Media Contact: Emily Fagerholm

SOURCE Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place