This past year has been a rough one for Washington D.C.’s homeless population. September 26 marked the one-year anniversary of the closure of downtown’s Franklin Shelter, and as the city’s homeless get swept from the center of the District, they’re not exactly being embraced by the neighborhoods.
But! There’s good news for a handful of people, at least.
Since 2004, the city has been slowly implementing its plan to eradicate homelessness by 2014 (Yeah right.) In the next two weeks, fifteen people—-mentally-ill homeless people—- will be moving into their own apartments, as reported by the Washington Post.
At that rate, we can all cheer by 2035, right? Truthfully, I’m not sure how far along the city is in the process of meeting its goal. But the Post breaks down some of the inroads made:
Phyllis Jones, a spokeswoman for DMH, said in a statement that it has provided $6 million for rent subsidies to 750 mentally ill residents in apartments throughout the city since 2005 and pooled its resources with the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development to direct $14 million to “build or renovate 300 new units for homeless people with mental illness.” About 50 people have moved into new housing, “some of whom were homeless for 15 years,” the statement said.
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