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Once a hospital, D.C. General now serves as an emergency shelter for hundreds of D.C. families.
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Once a hospital, D.C. General now serves as an emergency shelter for hundreds of D.C. families.

More than a decade ago, the District began sheltering homeless families in the city's abandoned public hospital, D.C. General. The number of people living in that facility has grown dramatically, and now there's intense scrutiny following the disappearance of eight-year-old resident Relisha Rudd.

This week we'll go inside D.C. General, and talk with families about conditions inside the sprawling campus. Plus, we'll meet children coping with homelessness, and find out how teachers at nearby schools struggle to help these kids learn. We'll also hear an update on the push to shut down D.C. General.

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