An encampment in Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C.

An encampment in Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s announcement that the city will open small, transitional homeless shelters in all eight wards marks a milestone in her plan to close the dilapidated shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital. But the plans are predictably raising questions in neighborhoods where the shelters will be built. From concerns about residential safety and security, to outright opposition over the locations of the shelters, city officials could face an uphill battle before the plan can move ahead. Kojo finds out how communities across the city are responding to the mayor’s proposal.


  • Ben Roberts Director of Social Justice Ministries, Foundry United Methodist Church
  • Kevin Mullone President, Langdon Park Community Association (Ward 5)
  • Jessica Wasserman Chair of the Task Force on Homelessness, Ward 3 Democrats

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