Advocacy, outreach, and peer mentoring have been central to People for Fairness Coalition’s (PFC) mission since it’s inception in 2008 as has a focus on ending housing instability in Washington DC. When appropriate, PFC has reached out to support other causes related to this central focus. This section introduces you to PFC’s activities over the last three years.
The activity for which PFC is best known is it’s annual Vigil that takes place annually in December, as close as possible to the shortest day of the year (December 21). This Vigil, similar to Vigils carried out in cities throughout the United States, has as its primary objective remembering individuals who have died on the streets during the year in Washington DC. PFC, in close collaboration with the National Coalition for the Homeless and other partners, has successfully organized and carried out Vigils in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
In 2013, in accordance with our mission to end people’s housing instability in Washington DC through advocacy, outreach and peer mentoring, PFFC launched its Right to Housing Campaign. The goal is to develop strategies and policies that would increase access to affordable and sustainable housing for DC residents.
In 2014 PFC, concerned about the lack of public restrooms in downtown Washington DC, launched its Downtown Washington DC Public Restroom Initiative. The objective of this initiative (through consciousness raising, education, and advocacy) is to persuade the Mayor and DC City Council to install and maintain clean, save, restrooms available 24/7 to everyone (including individuals without housing) in needed areas of Downtown DC.
2014 Listening Session
In October of 2014 PFC organized, again in collaboration with other partners, an event at Freedom Plaza, across the street from the Wilson Building which houses the offices of the Mayor and members of the DC City Council. The objective of this event was to provide the Mayor, DC City Council members, along with individuals campaigning for positions on the DC City Council, with an opportunity to hear the concerns and recommendations of individuals who were currently or were formerly without housing.
PFFC is an active member of a working group headed by the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) that has as its objective adding “homelessness” as a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977.