April 2, 2019

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Homelessness is a critical issue that still exists within the District of Columbia today. NYU Washington, DC and Friendship Place co-hosted an evening program with regional and national experts to discuss Homeward DC, a strategic partnership (between the DC government, nonprofits providers, advocates, persons experiencing homelessness, business partners, and the philanthropic community) laid out by Mayor Bowser and her administration in 2015, to end homelessness in the area by 2020.

Homelessness is a solvable issue, and DC is united in its vision to prevent it, or make the experience rare, brief, and non-recurring. What progress has been made to make this a reality?

Speakers for the evening included Laura Zeilinger, Director of the Department of Human Services, Kristy Greenwalt, District of Columbia Interagency Council on Homelessness, Jennifer Knox, Washington Interfaith Network, Waldon Adams, Pathways, and Bruce McNamer, Greater Washington Community Foundation. Broadcast and NPR Journalist, John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College, and NYU Alum Ray Suarez (CAS '85) moderated the discussion.


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Waldon Adams

Waldon Adams

Kristy Greenwalt

Kristy Greenwalt

Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Bruce McNamer

Bruce McNamer

Laura Zeilinger

Laura Zeilinger

Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez (Moderator)

Veteran journalist Ray Suarez (CAS '85) was most recently the host of Al Jazeera America’s daily news program, Inside Story. Before coming to AJAM, Suarez spent 14 years as a correspondent and anchor at public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour where he rose to become chief national correspondent. During his years at The NewsHour, Suarez covered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, four presidential elections, broadcast from the floor of seven party political conventions, moderated two presidential primary candidates’ debates, reported from the devastating Haitian earthquake, the 2006 Mexico elections, the H1N1 virus pandemic in Mexico, and on the explosion of tuberculosis/HIV co-infection in South Africa among hundreds of other stories.