D.C. Council Bill to Make Homeless Families Prove City Residency for Shelters

December 9, 2010  |  

(Washington Post) — The D.C. Council is moving forward with plans to make homeless families prove they live in the District before they can receive shelter, a stance that one council member called “cruel.”  In a preliminary vote Tuesday, the council voted 8 to 3 to approve a bill by council members Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) that would put in place residency requirements for people seeking temporary assistance at city shelters that accept families. The legislation also would redefine the city’s obligation to homeless adults with children. Currently, the District tries to place homeless families needing shelter in an “apartment setting.”

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