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Sound Advice: Washington Legal Cliniic

I’m Shelley Broderick, Dean of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and host for Sound Advice. The District of Columbia has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country. The 2012 Homeless Enumeration, conducted each January, found that more than 6900 District residents were homeless, more than 45% of whom were living in families. The count also found that the number of homeless families increased by more than 70% since 2008. Under DC law, homeless residents in the District have a legal right to emergency shelter whenever the temperature falls below 32 degrees, and the District has implemented this law for the last 30 years by increasing access to shelter in the winter to accommodate everyone who needs it. However, according to a recent report by the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, families have found it exceedingly difficult to access shelter this winter thanks to unlawful intake procedures and many have had to employ legal assistance in order to enforce their rights to shelter and services. Joining to discuss these and other issues involving homelessness in the the District of Columbia are: Marta Beresin, Staff Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Amber Harding, Staff Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Nicole Wright, resident at the DC General Family Shelter

The Washington Legal Clinic encourages you to learn more about the Legal Clinic’s work at www.legalclinic.org and get involved with advocacy follow the Legal Clinic’s blog at http://washingtonlegalclinic.wordpress.com
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