Turning Away Victims

“Last year how many times did Washington D.C. had to say ‘NO’ 1,740 times for emergency housing and 1,422 for emergency transitional housing. “These are just some of the women who sought help; who needed a safe place to go to escape from an abusive relationships.

These are the women who did not receive what they so desperately needed because the lack of safe haven beds were unavailable in the District of Columbia and the getting worse.

When did Housing victims become so political? Why is it becoming territorial? The number of requests that exceeded available beds has been steadily increasing each year. Without sufficient emergency housing, victims are more likely to stay with their abusive partners, a dangerous situation that can be lethal. Last year, District of Columbia experienced 13 domestic homicides.

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