The ICH: Making Homelessness Rare, Brief, and Non-Recurring in D.C.

There are any number of reasons a woman may find herself at the doors of N Street Village, including mental health, addiction, history of trauma, job loss, or domestic violence, but as you know the root cause rarely come down to a single thing.

Homelessness is the visible symptom of a compounded number of systemic issues with no easy solution.

That’s why in 2005, the Interagency Council on Homelessness in D.C., often referred to as the “ICH,” was formed. N Street Village is proud to be a member and participate in a number of workgroups and meetings. Our CEO, Schroeder Stribling, was appointed by the Mayor to the Council in 2006 and continues to serve as the Co-Chair of the Executive Committee.

The ICH represents the infrastructure of the District and Mayor Bowser’s collective efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

Representatives from government organizations, service providers, advocates, formerly homeless leaders, and community members come together to facilitate interagency coordination with regard to planning, policymaking, program development, and budgeting for the homeless services system. The ICH’s current strategic plan, Homeward D.C., has a goal of making chronic homelessness in the District rare, brief, and non-recurring.

This goal truly takes a Village and many of these meetings are open to the public. To find events near you or to get involved, visit www.ich.dc.gov/events.