The burden of being homeless often causes depression , anxiety, and other psychological events, especially when it reflects a new turn in your life. Increasing funding in mental health services will ensure the availability of more healthcare professionals and resources to our homeless citizens who need it.
While life of a homeless person is already difficult, staying in temporary shelters, where one has to leave everyday, does not create a sense of normalcy, nor does it allow for a safe space as a person tries to transition back to having a place to call their own. Dr. Mic advocates for more "residential shelters" where those who are homeless will actually have an address. These communities would contain affordable amenities that will help tremendously to aid in such a difficult time. In addition, Dr. Mic advocates for modular home communities in order that will create a maximum of living space with minimal costs.
Often, our homeless population does not have the resources to bathe regularly or obtain personal grooming. Vouchers will go a long way to aid them in keeping abreast of their grooming needs and actually aids in building self-esteem, which can be beneficial in dealing with the stress of homelessness.
Dr. Mic advocates for year round warming and cooling shelters for our homeless population that chooses to live independent of the housing resources that we make available to them. By providing such amenities, we reduce the number of mortalities and morbidities among our homeless population due to heat stroke and hypothermia, even throughout the year as the District experiences unseasonably warm days and cold snaps.
So Others Might Eat (SOME), Inc., Bread for the City, and other organizations are instrumental in providing housing, food, medical care, showers, transportation, and the list goes on. Dr. Mic will work to increase funding to these organizations.
Dr. Mic will work to increase funding for vouchers for transportation to homeless citizens so that they may be able to get to doctor's appointments and crucial business appointments.