DC has finally closed the DC General shelter

– The District officially closed the DC General shelter yesterday. Many of the new shelters that were supposed to house the families are not ready, but the city was able to place them in alternative housing. (WAMU, 10/30)

The final closure of the long-troubled shelter, years in the making, was brief and without fanfare. A chain hung loosely across one set of doors and rooms inside the building had been emptied of possessions and cleaned. There was little evidence that the building — which served as a public hospital until it was shuttered in 2001, and as a shelter for a decade — had once housed 270 families at a time, amounting to more than a thousand men, women and children.

“We embarked four years ago on closing D.C. General,” said [DC Mayor] Bowser. “We all believed it was too big, too rundown, too isolated to serve families who need emergency shelter. We have worked over the course of the last four years to create short term family housing in all eight wards of the city.”

– A recent study found unsheltered homeless people face higher mortality rates than sheltered individuals (Street Sense Media, 10/17)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A new report by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that of the 22 DC agencies that frequently interact with domestic violence survivors, only two have policies on how to respond to reports of domestic violence. (WaPo, 10/31)

NONPROFITS | Susan Nall Bales, founder and board chair of the FrameWorks Institute, advises nonprofits on how to frame their issues better. (NPQ, 10/30)

HEALTHNew Study Suggests People in Arlington’s Poorest Neighborhoods Are Less Able to Lead Healthy Lives (ARLnow, 10/30)

WORKFORCE | A federal labor board has found that a Maryland hospital discouraged nurses from forming a union. (Baltimore Sun, 10/31)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | As the federal administration moves to strip transgender people of their rights, the DC Office of Human Rights assures that the city’s local laws our strong. (DCist, 10/30)

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