Mark Anderson, interviewed by Beth Geglia on April 26, 2013
In this interview, long-time DC activist and resident Mark Andersen talks about the history of homeless advocacy in Washington DC, recounting his memories of Mitch Snyder and the struggle over the CCNV shelter. Andersen also discusses the shifts in the movement over time, the causes of persistent homelessness in DC, and the dynamics of social struggle.
David Edwards, interviewed by Mary Bergman on November 1, 2012
Interview with David Edwards explores what he believes to be the causes of homelessness in Washington, DC and why homelessness continues to be such a persistent issue. Edwards recalls his work history, history as a whistleblower, and history of his own periods of homelessness. Edwards is a self-described advocate-activist and details his plan for reducing homelessness in DC. Edwards is also a poet and novelist, and shares poems and plot lines from his novel.
Nkechi Feaster, interviewed by Anna Kaplan on March 4, 2013
The interview with Nkechi Feaster explores what it is like to be homeless in Washington, D.C., and the discrepancies between what the homeless need and the services offered. Feaster explains the changes in services for the homeless between the late 1990s/early 2000s and the early 2010s. She also talks about her experiences in a changing downtown D.C. landscape during that time span and her current struggles living in transitional housing provided by the Rapid Rehousing Program. She elaborates on the role of self-advocating, especially through organizations like Shelter, Housing, and Respectful Change (SHARC), in promoting the changes that low-income and homeless D.C. residents need in the city.
Alisa Hill, interviewed by Claire Davis on March 5, 2013
In this interview, Washington, D.C. native Alisa Hill speaks about the phenomenon of homelessness in the city. Alisa shares her personal experiences with homelessness, including her efforts to find shelter and how being homeless has affected her relationships with others. Alisa also discusses her advocacy efforts to bring attention to the issue of homelessness and her outreach with homeless children.
Terry Lewis, interviewed by Michael Donovan on March 21, 2013
Terry Lewis spent ten years living as a homeless person in Washington, DC. He now lives with his mother in Maryland and has employment. He was a resident of the 2nd & D shelter under Mitch Snyder’s leadership when the shelter entered into its covenant with the federal government. In this interview, Terry describes what it was like to live in various shelters in the city, as well as what it was like to spend nights on the street. He also offers his view on why people fall into homeless and, perhaps more importantly, how he thinks they may be able to get out of it. Terry’s suggestions include opinions about self-motivation, the purpose of shelters, and what the government should be doing to help people help themselves.
James Shabazz, interviewed by Daniel Kerr on March 20, 2013
This is an interview with lifelong D.C. Resident, James Shabazz, whom at the time of the interview was currently homeless. He works as a street vendor during the day and spends nights at the CCNV shelter. The interview touches on the subject of homelessness in the district, development of the downtown business district, decline in street vendors, Shabazz’s personal history, his activism and other subtopics surrounding those subjects.
Eric Sheptock, interviewed by Stacie Nicole Simmons on October 12, 20012
Eric Sheptock’s interview begins with his pilgrimage from Florida to Washington, DC in 2005 tracing his initial impetus to move through his current advocacy efforts as SHARC (Shelter, Housing and Real Change) chairman. Mr. Sheptock shares his insights on shelters, relationships, affordable housing as well as his personal experience as an advocate for the growing population of unhoused individuals in Washington, DC.
This interview with Eric Sheptock, chairman of Shelter, Housing and Real Change (SHARC), includes discussion of his childhood, his experience of moving to Washington, DC, his work as a homeless advocate, reflections on the relationship between the Washington, DC homeless community and city council as well as personal analysis of past advocacy efforts and DC government decisions.
Chapman Todd, interviewed by Jordan Lyons and Patricia Yacob on March 25, 2013
Chapman Todd discusses his experience as an advocate for the homeless for the past twenty years. He currently serves as a consultant for the Downtown Business Improvement District in Washington, DC. He has also worked with Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen. He addresses the importance of moving to a strategy of putting the chronically homeless in permanent supportive housing. He also discusses difficulties with regulating food programs and reflects on the future of the Federal City Shelter building.
Robert Warren, interviewed by Alison Kootstra on November 9, 2012
This interview with Robert Warren, a native Washingtonian and homeless advocate, includes a discussion of his advocacy efforts, issues DC’s homeless residents face in finding employment, the effect of elections on a the homeless population, housing as a human right, the importance of homeless self-advocacy, advocate Mitch Snyder’s legacy, and other topics as related to his personal analysis of the causes of homelessness in Washington, DC.
Valerie Williams, interviewed by StacieNicole Simmons on November 8, 2012
Valerie Williams’ interview traces her move to Washington, DC in 1973, her childhood experiences traveling with her family, her early years working in DC up to her current involvement with the CCNV (Community For Creative Non-Violence) and advocacy efforts in SHARC (Shelter, Housing and Real Change). Ms. Williams passionately communicates her views on the plight of the unhoused community regarding affordable housing, shelter conditions, including her is individual observations as an advocate for the growing population of unhoused individuals in the nation’s capital.