Civil Rights Battle for DC’s Homeless Continues in federal court

Plaintiffs from Franklin Shelter will have a hearing on Wednesday, August 4th, concerning pending allegations of Fair Housing Act, American with Disabilities Act & DC Human Rights Act violations. The need for this case to move forward increases daily. The most recent point in time study released by Metro Washington Area Council of Governments indicates continued increases in the numbers of homeless persons in the District of Columbia.1 And while these numbers have increased, the availability of shelter space and permanent supportive housing has remained stagnant and does not to begin to address the rising need. The result can be seen in a commensurate increase in the number of unsheltered homeless-persons living on the street by 176 persons as detailed in the same MCOG report. Other reports and anecdotal accounts not only confirm this statistical picture, but also reveal circumstances more injurious to the health and safety of greater numbers of homeless persons than are indicated in the report. Wednesday August 4th at 9:00 am US District Court for D.C., 333 Constitution Ave., NW in Courtroom 16

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