D.C. General, a decaying hospital building in Southeast Washington, has housed families experiencing homelessness for decades. Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is vowing to close the shelter by the end of 2018. With only half of the replacement shelters ready, where will D.C. General residents go when demolition begins?

Also, on today’s show: What is it like to live at homeless shelter? A young mother chronicled her life at D.C. General in a documentary shot on her iPhone. You can view the documentary, part of the “Cinema from the Street” film series, below.

Raise to Rise from The Homeless Filmmakers’ Co-op on Vimeo.


  • Amber Harding Staff Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless; @amberwharding
  • Jerrianne Anthony Deputy Administrator, Department of Human Services
  • Sasha Williams Vendor, Street Sense Media

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