An additional 509 D.C. families are expected to become homeless this year. This comes at a time when all of the city's shelters are at capacity or full, including the year-round family shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital.
The population of single homeless men is also expected to go up, adding stress to District facilities preparing for a cold winter and the harsh reality of meeting their legal obligation of housing homeless residents when temperatures fall below freezing.
D.C. officials and homeless advocates are meeting today to figure out what can be done. The city has been unable to find enough safe and affordable apartments within the District to transition eligible families now in shelters.