Blanket on bench in Washington, D.C.

Blanket on bench in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is one of the few cities in the country that legally ensures homeless people access to emergency shelter. Changes to residency requirements, though, could make it harder for homeless Washingtonians without proper paperwork to enter shelters. We discuss the reasoning behind the proposed rule change, its potential impact, and the broader questions of how homelessness and the affordable housing crisis should be addressed in the District.


  • Aja Taylor Advocacy Director for Bread for the City
  • Andrew Giambrone Reporter and Housing Complex Columnist, Washington City Paper; @AndrewGiambrone
  • Laura Zeilinger Director, D.C. Department of Human Services; @ZLauraJeanne

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