74%

— Increase in family homelessness in the nation's capital since the economic downturn, according to the Washington Post. The shelters have been filled to capacity this winter, and the city has lost half of its affordable housing units in the past decade due to gentrification.
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The former DC General Hospital now serves as a homeless shelter for many families.

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michael_gautier
michael_gautier

It is quite likely many of those in shelters were former Federal employees unable to keep up with the cost of living in DC. There is no direct evidence I am aware of to suggest this, but one wonders if this is the case. The implications for the DC area and accepting employment there is worth considering.

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Tero
Tero

"homelessness in the nation's capital since the "economic downtown"

That's why I prefer the philosophical uptown. Doesn't TIme employ proofreaders anymore?

outsider
outsider

So, where are the right wingers saying it's all personal irresponsibility, and that the homeless deserve it for not taking better care of themselves???