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January 19, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Inauguration will displace D.C.’s homeless

HOMELESSNESS | The District’s Department of Human Services and area nonprofits are reaching out to the homeless population downtown who will be displaced by security measures for the inauguration. The city estimates 600 people could be affected and are expanding capacity at shelters. (WCP, 1/18)

Several day-time programs that provide food and activities for the homeless will remain open Friday despite the D.C. government’s general closure that day. Meanwhile, hypothermia shelters will stay open from Friday at 7 a.m. through Saturday at 7 a.m., even while forecasts show moderate temperatures over that period. Certain recreation centers will likewise keep their doors open beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. D.C.’s low-barrier shelters opened this morning at 7 a.m.

A DHS spokeswoman says the agency has been distributing materials to those experiencing homelessness downtown that explain the services that will be available over the coming days. The District and the United Planning Organization are offering free transportation to shelters and day-time programs, although they note in literature that “traffic and street closures may make it difficult for vans to reach” destinations on Friday. D.C. is providing “limited temporary storage” for homeless individuals’ belongings, too. Case managers have been working around the clock to ensure safe relocations.

CHILDREN & FAMILIESCampaign Raises Nearly $4,000 To Screen Hidden Figures For Low-Income D.C. Children (Dcist, 1/18)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | A new mixed-use apartment building, where 78 units are designated for affordable housing, has opened near Rosslyn metro station (ARLnow, 1/18)

LGBTQ | LGBTQ activists and individuals hold a dance party protest near Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s D.C. home (WAMU, 1/19)

HEALTH | Prince George’s County’s future Regional Medical Center is facing funding issues again. (WBJ, 1/18)

TRANSIT | The Department of Justice is suing Metro because they rescinded an offer of employment after learning an applicant has epilepsy. (WaPo, 1/18)


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-Kendra

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