DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tackles homelessness with private partnership

WASHINGTON DC - Deja Owen, a mother has been homeless most of her life. Today she is thrilled that all that history is behind her. She says being homeless has been hard on her son and having a place to call home is the start of her life. "I did this for my son. All of this for my son because I've seen where I have been and I don't want my son to see any of that."

In announcing the publicĀ  private partnership with the E & G group, a real estate developer in the district, DC mayor Muriel Bowser says that the partnership has made available 576 units with over sixty of those units available immediately for lease. "By the end of today, more than sixty families and individuals, people who did not have a place to call home yesterday, will be able to receive a key to their apartment today."

Mayor Bowser's homeless initiative has also made it easier for landlords to get paid and developed a trust fund for landlords to recoup any losses they may experience, all in an effort to encourage public private partnerships.