A D.C. Superior Court judge says city officials must stop housing poor families on cots in recreation centers on freezing nights, saying the communal sleeping quarters appear to deny the families their right to privacy and security under city law.
The Washington Post reports that the judge granted a temporary injunction that forces the city to stop using the recreation centers while a lawsuit against the city over the accommodations plays out.
City law requires officials to house homeless families when the temperature drops below freezing. With a city shelter full, officials previously rented motel rooms for families on freezing nights. That stopped this year.