• alsod

    as someone who lives right across the street from this, i am concerned to see that this may solidify those underpasses as permanent living spaces for the people who currently live there, which also means that the the urine stench, trash and condom wrappers are likely here to stay.

    • wdc

      They’re already there to stay. It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets any better.
      Might as well treat people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity with kindness and dignity, so they have some hope of picking up again if/when the US decides that a sensible social safety net is a better investment than more “defense” (offense) spending.

      • MadMax

        But we don’t win anymore! I need more winning!

        • northeazy

          Love how they still find the time to have sex. Though honestly, the fact they use condoms is kind of heart warming. Like, the PSA has worked. Even the homeless are wrapping it up.

          • Anon

            Please leave.

          • Reality

            Um, what? Good God this is tone deaf.

    • Kristi

      I live right across from there as well and walk through the underpasses daily. I’m concerned by the level of homelessness in our city and the number of people having the need to sleep on the street on a regular basis. I worry about their wellbeing, such as their access to food and sanitary facilities, and I worry about how they feel, especially as those of us living in the many (and increasing) posh apartment and condo towers pass by them in regular streams. The situation could be much worse for everyone, but thankfully my experience has been that the trash is mostly kept in check, thanks in part to efforts by NoMaBID, and things are mostly calm.

      Once the neighborhood representatives have dealt with the crisis of not having a dog park, I hope they’ll make it a priority to work with the city to do the best for these members of our community that we can. In the meantime, I’ll happily contribute items to this food box.

      • Anon

        “Once the neighborhood representatives have dealt with the crisis of not having a dog park…”

        • Tom

          I suspect the crisis remark was sarcasm

          • PJL

            Agreed. I totally read it as sarcasm and I’m sure it was intended as such.

      • Morton

        Below is from the proposed DC budget, much is being done to support these member of our community.

        The District is unified in its goal to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. To
        that end, the FY 2018 budget fully funds the Homeless Shelter Replacement Act of 2016, the legislative vehicle for replacing the dilapidated DC General Family Shelter with seven smaller facilities to be located across the District. The proposed budget also includes an increase of $5.9 million to fund permanent supportive housing, $3 million for targeted affordable housing for individuals and families, and $3.9 million for rapid-rehousing.

        • Alex

          Part of the problem is that DC can do as much as it wants, but so long as the neighboring jurisdictions don’t contribute equally, all our efforts will do is attract more folks experiencing homelessness into the city. I worked in the Maryland court system for a while and saw folks getting counseled to go to DC for housing services rather than providing services where those folks actually live.

          Maryland and Virginia sending us their homeless residents is not sustainable model for anyone.

          • anondc

            “Maryland and Virginia sending us their homeless residents is not sustainable model for anyone.”

            How isn’t it sustainable for Maryland and Virginia? They save their taxpayers a ton of money by encouraging homeless people there to move to DC and let the DC taxpayers deal with it. Seems like a no-brainer from their perspective.

          • Alex

            anondc – very true! When I said anyone I meant DC residents and the people experiencing homelessness who are told to leave MD and VA, abandoning the what little support networks and sense of community they have there.

            It’s a great model for MD & VA, and we keep footing the bill.

      • alsod

        While NoMaBID makes a valiant effort, they cannot (nor should they be expected to) keep up with the trash that accumulates from 15-20 people living under a bridge; while i of course feel for the homeless and agree that homelessness is a larger problem that must be addressed, this is still a sidewalk we are talking about, not a living room, and i do not think it is callous of me to assume i could use it in a normal manner; and your allusion to some sort of guilt that i should be feeling because I live in a nice apartment is misguided, as a cost of living in that apartment is a huge tax bill, a large portion of the payment of which goes to funding homeless shelters and other services

    • Josh

      I agree with alsod. The underpasses have gotten out of control over the past couple of months — the smell of human waste is potent and cannot be missed. Add to that the beer bottles, condoms, general trash, etc. And on K Street, the larger tents completely block the sidewalks forcing pedestrians into the street. Personally, I’m looking forward to the clean up scheduled this week.

      • ano6

        Agree. And I’m sure I’ll be accused of being a NIMBY, but would the person who put the food box under the bridge be comfortable putting another food box or free tents on the sidewalk in front of their house if it resulted in people camping out on the sidewalk 20 feet from their front door? I think the food box is well-intentioned, but it’s not a leap to say that this will result in more tents, garbage, urine, etc under those bridges. It’s just not a good solution to a bigger problem, and it ultimately causes additional problems.

  • Anon

    Did somebody say “budget surplus”?


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