The winter months this year presented major challenges to the District's ability to shelter and care for the city's homeless population. The disappearance of a homeless child from the city's shelter at the old D.C. General hospital pushed issue into an even harsher spotlight. David Berns, the director of the city's Department of Human Services, joins Kojo to chat about the District's strategy on homelessness and its immediate plans to help families access housing.
A Look At DC's General Shelter
As of Oct 1, 2013, DC's General Shelter had 864 residents.
Thirty percent of those residents were under age 5; another 21 percent were between the ages of 5 and 12.
Population by Age:
Population by Gender