Mar 17, 2014
In Washington, D.C., the number of families with children who need winter emergency shelter has more than doubled in one year. With all the homeless shelters already overflowing, the city has been putting up families in communal recreation centers. On Friday, March 7, a judge ordered those recreation centers shut down for being “traumatizing” to children.
As if the lack of housing created by the authorities isn’t already traumatizing!
The politicians are unraveling the last shreds of public housing just as affordable housing virtually disappears. The waiting list for public housing has 70,000 names and is not accepting new applicants. Six thousand Washington families have been designated as on the verge of homelessness, or “precariously doubled up” in public housing. Thousands more are uncounted. Twenty per cent of D.C. residents spend more than half of their income on rent or mortgage. Evictions and foreclosures proceed as normal, even during the coldest winter months, adding to the overburdened shelters.
Homelessness is one of the most degrading attacks of an uncivilized society.