October 9, 2012 Leave a comment
The Washington Post reported yesterday on increasing homelessness in the area.
In a region with seven of the 10 most affluent counties in the country, family homelessness is on the rise — straining services, filling shelters and forcing parents and their children to sleep in cars, parks, and bus and train stations.
The reader comments on the Post site as ever refreshes one’s faith in humanity. Or, you know, not.
In a follow-up blog post, Mike DeBonis writes that
The city explained to the Legal Clinic that the approximately $150 per night it takes to house a family at the D.C. General shelter is “better invested in these same families but for supports that meet their needs more effectively.”
It’s not entirely clear what services “meet their needs more effectively,” when their immediate needs are emergency shelter. Housing First, indeed.