Mayor's Plan to Close DC General

The District’s Department of General Services (DGS) conducted a months-long search to identify suitable sites for the new short-term family housing.  DGS looked for spaces that could collectively serve the same number of residents at DC General, with access to services and public transportation.  The locations include a mix of District-owned properties, as well as newly purchased or leased private property.  They are: 2105-2107 10th St. NW (Ward 1); 2619 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Ward 3); 5505 Fifth St. NW (Ward 4); 2266 25th Pl. NE (Ward 5); 700 Delaware Ave. SW (Ward 6); 5004 D St. SE (Ward 7); and Sixth Street & Chesapeake Street. SE (Ward 8). A brand new women’s shelter in Ward 2, at 810 Fifth St. NW has been opened. This facility will accommodate up to 213 women and will replace two outdated facilities at Second and D streets, NW.
Each short-term family housing site will accommodate up to 50 families.  Unlike DC General, these facilities will have places for children of all ages to play and do homework. They will also include the kind of services and programming that helps families exit shelter and move to permanent housing as soon as possible.