What to Know
- Dozens of homeless people are once again living near the Whitehurst Freeway and Union Station.
- Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration plans to remove the tents like it did last year.
- The homeless will be given 30 days notice and will be offered help in finding stable housing.
When D.C. shut down several homeless encampments across the city last year, it put up fencing to keep homeless people from returning to what had been the largest alongside the Whitehurst Freeway. Now tents have returned across the street from where the fencing still stands.
Dozens of homeless people are once again living beneath the overpass and near Union Station.
Mayor Muriel Bowser told News4 her administration plans to remove the tents again. The homeless will be given 14 days notice and will be offered help in finding stable housing.
Last year, the Bowser administration said it would allow the tents to stay, but as the encampments grew in size and number, the District’s policy changed, citing public health concerns.