First of 6 New Family Homeless Shelters Opens in D.C.

September 27, 2018

By Martin Austermuhle

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Wednesday cut the ribbon on the first of six family homeless shelters being built to replace D.C. General. The long-troubled shelter will be closed this fall as part of Bowser’s efforts to reform the city’s homeless services.

“We all agreed that homelessness in our city is not just a one-ward issue, is it? It’s not just Ward 2, it’s not just Ward 7, it’s not just Ward 8, it is an all-eight-wards issues, and it requires an all-eight-wards solution,” she said to a large crowd outside The Kennedy, the new shelter in Ward 4.

“I advanced an eight-ward strategy where we would produce short-term family housing facilities like this where families that are experiencing emergencies could find housing and support to get back on their feet,” she added.

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