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D.C. Predicts Surge in Homeless Families This Winter



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    A new report says the District of Columbia should expect another surge in homeless families this winter.

    The city's plan for sheltering the homeless during the winter predicts over 820 homeless families will seek shelter when cold weather sets in, according to The Washington Post. That's up 16 percent from last year.

    A coalition of city leaders, social service agencies and advocates approved the plan Tuesday.

    The plan recommends the city act quickly to find more units and buildings to house homeless families. At the current rate, the plan predicts every family shelter will be filled by December.

    Last winter, the District struggled to accommodate 723 homeless families who sought services. The city began sending families to hotels and motels along New York Avenue and later in Maryland and to recreation centers.