The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an amended version of Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to close the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General and replace it with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters.
Despite decreases in the number of homeless people in seven of the nine jurisdictions that make up the Washington region, the overall homeless population ticked up five percent from 2015 to 2016, driven largely by the District and in Frederick County.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has released additional details about her plan to replace the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters — but some of the plan's fiercest critics still say that many questions remain unanswered.
The troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General could close as soon as the winter of 2018 under a plan unveiled Tuesday by Mayor Muriel Bowser, with the roughly 280 families occupying it sent instead to "smaller, dignified facilities" located in neighborhoods across the city.
Volunteers are criss-crossing the region in an effort to get the homeless population — many of whom do not know there is a serious storm bearing down — into shelter before things get potentially dangerous.
The Homeless Youth Census found that that 43 percent of homeless youth surveyed identified as LGBTQ. "These kids face discrimination and bullying right in their own homes," says D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
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