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Residents of DC Largest Shelter Have No Heat and Hot Water

February 4, 2014

Residents of D.C.’s largest family homeless shelter have testified that they’ve been without heat and hot water. This comes amidst a major explosion in the number of families seeking shelter in either D.C. General or hotels. Councilmember Jim Graham’s Committee on Human Services held a hearing on the crisis the city is facing in sheltering homeless families during the current hypothermia season, which runs from the beginning of November to the end of March. The Department of Human Services reports that, as of February 2, there were 285 homeless families — 355 adults and 536 children — at D.C. General. There were 469 families — 603 adults and 897 children — at hotels. Of that, 110 families are in housed in Maryland hotels, which will soon no longer be an option. (dcist)

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