Posts Tagged ‘DHS’

In Dispute Over Private Rooms for Homeless Families, D.C. Government Adds Its Own Definition

At the center of the debate over the surge in the number of homeless families this winter has been a seemingly simple question: What is a private room? The Homeless Services Reform Act, which governs the city's homeless policy, requires the city to shelter homeless families in need in apartment-style shelter when temperatures with windchill drop below [...]

Family Homelessness Surged This Winter. The City Didn’t See It Coming.

As winter approached, the Department of Human Services tried to play it safe. In coming up with a plan to shelter the homeless, the agency decided to forecast a worst-case scenario, a 10 percent increase in the number of homeless families from the winter of 2012-2013.
By November, it was clear that the real scenario was [...]

For Homeless Families at Rec Centers, Relief Is Short-Lived

Homeless advocates cheered a judge's ruling Friday that ordered the city to move homeless families from ad hoc shelters on recreation center floors to private rooms. Judge Robert S. Tignor of the D.C. Superior Court found that the city's use of the rec centers in response to a growing population of homeless families did not meet [...]

Winter’s Coming. Is the City Ready to Shelter Its Homeless?

Last winter, a woman showed up at the Family Resource Center seeking a place to spend the night. The woman was 23 years old, homeless, and seven months pregnant, and she had spent the previous night on the corner of 7th and H streets NE. Now, the city had issued a hypothermia alert, meaning it [...]

The New Coast Guard Headquarters Has Arrived. But Will It Help Ward 8?

This afternoon, a group of local and federal VIPs—from Mayor Vince Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)—gathered at the St. Elizabeths West Campus to cut the ribbon on the new Coast Guard headquarters.
The campus is set to house 3,700 Coast Guard employees, who will move in over the [...]

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