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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Gray’s Budget Proposal would Shut Down DC’s Homeless Shelter System, Discovers Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

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**Update: According to DHS’ recently released Homeless Services Budget Analysis for FY12, the funding gap for Homeless Services is actually $20.5 million. The analysis also reveals that the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is fully funded at 7.4 million for … Continue reading

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DC Government to Close 50% of Shelter Units for Homeless Families Due to Budget Shortfall

By Marta Beresin, Staff Attorney Officials at the DC Department of Human Services (“DHS”) recently announced they plan to reduce the number of units of emergency shelter for families from the present 300 down to 150 by November 1st.  They … Continue reading

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“Where Do We Go When the Shelter Closes?”

By Julie Broas, Staff Attorney Every weekday at 10 a.m., Ana Portillo, a Case Manager with Catholic Charities, meets with a group of Latino men in a small conference room at the Sacred Heart Church in Columbia Heights. During the … Continue reading

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Homeless Mom Given Tough Choice: Leave DC or Place Children in Foster Care

By Marta Beresin, Staff Attorney Last week a mother of three was given an ultimatum by the DC Child and Family Services Administration:  get on a Greyhound bus for a shelter placement in another state or we’ll place your children … Continue reading

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