: News

A Cold Squeeze On Shelter

Play associated audio

By Sabri Ben-Achour

As the cold temperatures bring more of the District's homeless to temporary emergency shelters, they're beginning to fill up.

When temperatures begin reaching the freezing point, homeless shelters in the area expand capacity and don't turn anyone away. In D.C., that's a legal requirement.

Marta Beresin is with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She says the emergency shelter space for homeless families is very tight.

"There's one hypothermia site for families now, with 100 units, and those units are full. They think they can squeeze in potentially four more families into that facility. The city is planing to add a new facility with 20-25 units, hopefully this week, but it hasn't been open yet," says Beresin.

She says families come in every day looking for shelter.

"So it's really at a critical point right now," she says.

The pressure on shelters won't let up soon. Temperatures are expected to warm slightly this week, but a new arctic front this weekend will bring lows into the teens.

WAMU 88.5

Baltimore Artist Joyce J. Scott Pushes Local, Global Boundaries

The MacArthur Foundation named 67-year-old Baltimore artist Joyce J. Scott a 2016 Fellow -– an honor that comes with a $625,000 "genius grant" and international recognition.


A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

So, Which Is It: Bigly Or Big-League? Linguists Take On A Common Trumpism

If you've followed the 2016 presidential election, you've probably heard Donald Trump say it: "bigly." Or is that "big-league"? We asked linguists settle the score — and offer a little context, too.
WAMU 88.5

Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies And Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing The American Way Of War

After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies were forced to work together in completely new ways. A veteran national security reporter on how America has tried to adapt to a new era of warfare.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.