Posts Tagged ‘Homelessness’

The Search for Relisha Rudd Continues One Year After Her Disappearance

Volunteers will hand out flyers Monday looking for any information that could lead to the missing girl.

Map: Where D.C.’s Homeless Children Go to School

At least 3,158 homeless children were enrolled in public and charter schools as of mid-January this year.

Call These Numbers to Help People Get Shelter from the Snow

After the winter we've had, you probably know the drill by now. But if you know of someone in need of refuge from the weather tonight, make sure to call the city's Hypothermia Hotline so they can be transported to a shelter for the night.
The Hypothermia Hotline number is 800-535-7252. If you are unable to [...]

The Needle: Tough Pup

Free-Range Shih Tzu: Fairfax County Animal Control recently captured a shih tzu that had managed to survive on its own for two years. +2
Free Chicken: If you haven't tried Nando's Peri-Peri yet, now's your chance. Show up with someone who's never experienced the spicy South African chicken tonight and get two free quarter chickens. +2

The Needle: Free the Rocket

Hot Town, Summer in the City: The summer heat is back, starting tomorrow. The temperature on Thursday is expected to hit 98 degrees. -8

Homeless Families Up 20 Percent

The Atlantic Cities picks up a post Lydia DePillis wrote last week about how D.C. is housing 200 homeless families in hotels for a whole lot of money. Matt Stroud adds that it's a growing problem nationally, where homelessness has increased 20 percent, and that perhaps its time to think of permanent solutions:
John Lozier, executive [...]

Homeless Soccer Tournament Returns to D.C.

The Street Soccer USA Cup is back in town. The annual homeless soccer tournament features 18 teams of homeless players from across the country, competing for the national championship. The tournament is run by Street Soccer USA, a non-profit that provides job and educational opportunities to homeless people, as well as a sports program [...]

A Newborn Died at the D.C. General Shelter in February

A newborn was found unconscious at the D.C. General family shelter on the morning of Feb. 9. The baby girl was rushed to Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Beverly Fields, the spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, tells City Desk that the cause and manner of the child's death are still [...]

The Washington Post‘s “Compassion Scale”

A gruesome story went unnoticed last week. On Friday the Washington Post reported that Marcellous Lindolph Jr. had been homeless and sleeping in a dumpster in Laurel, Md., when he was picked up and compacted to death by a recycling truck.
The event is disturbing, but so is the Post's coverage of it.

More on Why Words Matter: The Examiner Says D.C. Suburbs Are Becoming “Ghettos”

Since it's been established here, here, and here that terminology matters, it seems worth pointing out the screaming language on the front page of the Washington Examiner yesterday: "Suburban dreams turn into ghettoes." The headline inside the paper said: "Foreclosure crisis creating suburban slums."
The story by Bill Myers and David Sherfinski began:
Two years of economic [...]

Fenty’s Explanation of Homeless Cuts Doesn’t Hold Water

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and his human services director need to get on the same page.
For the last month or so, the Fenty administration has been getting hammered on surprise cuts to homeless services. Dozens of providers cried foul after they were notified by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness that, due to [...]