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Cold Reality: Homelessness in DC

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Man sleeping on a bench at the bus depot in Dale City , VirginiaPhoto byKhalid Rashad

Washington DC- As temperatures are expected to drop below 40 degrees this week many of the nearly nine thousand homeless Americans in the region of the District of Columbia are searching for a place to stay warm.

Homeless advocates say they are concerned people will die due to cold weather. "We are working to find effective solutions to chronic homelessness for men and women who simply can not find affordable housing in the Washington DC area and beyond, said Breanna Fitzgerald, a human rights advocate in Baltimore MD.

Men and women are given morning meals at a church funded by Blast News.Photo byWayne Hutchins, Volunteers of America

Over the last five years, the number of weather events has increased 11%. In 2022, weather events resulted in 813 deaths and 1,718 injuries. " We must do something to solve the very solvable problem of homelessness in this country, said Nancy Bailey of Woodbridge VA.

Tyrome Davis, pictured above, recently became employed after being out of work due to Covid shutdowns, said he needs assistance paying required security deposits to move into an apartment and for utilities. Nancy Bailey said", A Gofundme has been started https://gofund.me/55990985 to assist our fellow man out of this impossible situation".

" The issue of homelessness is real for many people, even the employed, caused by skyrocketing rental costs and a bad economy," said Linda Grimes, the Director of Homeless Services at a shelter in eastern North Carolina. "We are begging people to donate, but also to reach out to your mayor, to the city counsels to find solutions for individuals and for communities that deal with the issue of unhoused people.

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