WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

D.C.'s Human Services Director On Homelessness

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 of DC's General Homeless Shelter

Population by Age:

Population by Gender

Population of DC General Homeless Shelter by Gender

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Trump's Cyber Comments Rouse The Democrats

As they bolster their case that Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander in chief, Democrats are seizing on Donald Trump's comments seemingly encouraging Russia to use cyber-espionage against Clinton.

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