D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser cut the ribbon Wednesday on The Kennedy, a short-term family housing program in Ward 4, marking another step forward in her vow to close and replace the outdated DC General Family Shelter with dignified, service-enriched programs across all eight wards.
The Kennedy, located on 5th Street in Northwest, is the first of three short-term family housing programs opening this fall.
“Coming into office, I promised we would close DC General and replace it with programs throughout the District that do a better job of supporting our most vulnerable families.” Bowser said. “Today, we are making good on that commitment. With this short-term family housing program in Ward 4, we will be able to provide families with the shelter and resources they need to get back on their feet and back into permanent housing quickly. By working together, our community can and will make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.”
Families at The Kennedy will have access to service-enriched programming to help them stabilize and exit homelessness. The site includes 45 family units, computer labs for the residents, administrative space for staff and providers, an outdoor playground and recreational space, an indoor recreation space, a homework/study lounge for residents, and other amenities.
Bowser released her plan and timeline in January to close DC General Family Shelter by the end of this year.