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According to the District’s guidelines for homeless services, the Federal City Shelter is meant to house adults only. Indigent families are supposed to go to the District’s intake center on South Capitol Street, where they get registered and steered toward other options, including subsidized housing or housing units at D.C. Village, says Steve Cleghorn, deputy executive director with the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, the city’s umbrella aid group. But as of last month, Federal City’s interim director, Antoinette Bridges, counted 30 children, including two 4-month-old infants, at the 700-person, barracks-style facility. The children’s presence goes against the charter of the shelter, Cleghorn says. “They are not really well set up to do that,” Cleghorn adds. “But they do it because they do it.” Bridges declines to comment on the issue. Jason Cherkis