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D.C. family homeless shelter beset by dysfunction, decay

The D.C. General emergency shelter is supposed to be a cleaner place to stay than an alley, but records show that a young girl woke up with so many insect bites on her legs and her bottom that she had to be taken to the hospital.

This is what housing for the homeless could actually look like

In cased you missed it, Post colleagues Justin Jouvenal, Robert Samuels and DeNeen L. Brown had a devastating investigation in Sunday's paper of D.C. General, the largest shelter for homeless families in the District. The shelter, now home to more than 400 families, is located in a former hospital that closed in 2001.

D.C.'s plan to end homeless crisis prompts a different struggle

Inside a Southeast apartment she could no longer afford, Nkechi Feaster piled all the paperwork onto her donated coffee table. There were late notices and unemployment papers, pay stubs and payment ledgers - a stack that had become an accidental timeline of her two years in the District's Rapid Re-Housing Program.

The Lives of America's Homeless

That's how Margaret Miles describes a project she directs at St. Stephen's Human Services in Minneapolis that is documenting the stories of homeless people across the state of Minnesota. Begun in 2008, the project has collected more than 600 oral histories. Miles originally had the idea for the effort when she was thinking about her work as St.

Which states have the highest levels of homelessness?

Welcome to a recurring feature on Storyline where we identify the counties that are "normal" for an issue in the American landscape, compared to the national average. On a given day in 2013, more than 600,000 Americans were homeless. The U.S.

Homelessness and the Impossibility of a Good Night's Sleep

"Joe," a man who has been homeless several times, knows how difficult it can be to get enough sleep without permanent housing. "Where and how you sleep is often a matter of discipline when residentially challenged," said Joe, who recently moved to Seattle from the Bay Area.

Florida Finds Tricky Balance Over Feeding of the Homeless

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - As dusk settled over the city's main beach, Arnold Abbott, frail but determined, broke the law late Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Abbott, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, stood on the pavement and piled tilapia and rice and beans on plates for dozens of homeless people.

Three Ways Cities Try (and Fail) to Solve Homelessness

This story is part of a CityLab series launching this month on the state of homelessness policy in American cities. Three times now, Arnold Abbott has been cited by the city of Fort Lauderdale for feeding people experiencing homelessness. Three times now, the city of Fort Lauderdale has wound up with egg on its face.

How the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness Begins-and Ends

This story is part of a CityLab series on the state of homelessness in American cities. See more of our coverage here, here, and here. For the nearly two decades that Charles lived on the streets of Washington, D.C., the nation's elite hustled past him with their eyes mostly averted.

A Choice for Recovering Addicts: Relapse or Homelessness

After a lifetime of abusing drugs, Horace Bush decided at age 62 that getting clean had become a matter of life or death. So Mr. Bush, a homeless man who still tucked in his T-shirts and ironed his jeans, moved to a flophouse in Brooklyn that was supposed to help people like him, cramming into a bedroom the size of a parking space with three other men.