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

September 27, 2018 AT 9:20 AM

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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