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Homelessness in Washington DC reaches record levels

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By Euronews
Homelessness in Washington DC reaches record levels

<p>Washington DC is struggling for answers after figures reveal that a record 4,000 people now live in the capital’s homeless shelters.</p> <p>It is an expensive and complex problem for the city as authorities are legally required to provide shelter for those in need when temperatures fall below freezing.</p> <p>As many as 12 new homeless families contact the city for help every night.</p> <p>Anthony White is one such man who has fallen into the homeless trap: “I feel hurt on the inside, I do not feel like a man on the inside, because I can’t provide for my family, I can’t provide for my kids. And I’m asking everybody for a handout.”</p> <p>An acute shortage of affordable housing, rising rents and low-pay are key factors.</p> <p>Jasmine Hayes is from the Council of Homelessness:<br /> “DC is an example of what is happening in cities across the country – there is a severe lack of affordable housing. I think anywhere in this city you see a lot of construction and building but this is not affordable housing for the really low-income families and individuals that need access to those kinds of resources.”</p> <p>The problem has been acknowledged by the administration with President Obama announcing an extra $345m to tackle the issue nationwide.</p>