COVID-19: CCNV April 6th Update

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In partnership with the Humanities Truck Project, Eric Sheptock will offer regular reports and reflections on the impact that Covid-19 is having on those experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

I’m wondering if the CCNV Administration was told by city officials BEFORE COVID-19 to stop accepting new intakes. For at least a couple of months now, I’ve noticed that there don’t seem to be that many folk here. In my cube, only 4 of 12 beds are used regularly. A 5th dude comes occasionally. For some reason, he’s allowed to leave for weeks at a time and have his bed reserved. Others may only leave 2 nights per week and must be in by 2 AM the other 5 nights. At any rate, it seems like all of CCNV is about 1/3 full. City officials expect that, when the numbers from the January homeless point-in-time count come out in May, we’ll see that there was an increase in the number of homeless people over last year. That, along with the continuing COVID-19 layoffs, means that the need for shelter is increasing. With CCNV’s aforementioned rules, it is considered one of the best DC shelters. So, the only reason I can see for them not having new intakes is that city officials gave the order; because, they are under handedly beginning the shutdown process. BTW, after the 300-bed Franklin Shelter got closed in 2008, the number of DC homeless increased by more than 300, proving that it was still needed.

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