Today, the Washington Post reported, "Counselors at one of the city’s largest shelters for homeless youths have had to turn away more than 80 unaccompanied children — some as young as 12 or 13 — who came to them for help in the past six weeks after the city cut more than $700,000 from the shelter’s budget." Other shelters are having similar problems. No child should be turned away from a shelter. The DC Government is flush with money, so please sign this petition that the DC government provide a shelter bed for all DC homeless youth tonight.
Dear Mayor Gray:
I read in the Post that homeless youth were being turned away from homeless shelters in DC because of budget cuts. Please provide a shelter bed for all DC homeless youth tonight. Making certain that kids have a safe place to live should be a number one priority. To bring attention to this problem, I made this petition. I am not a community organizer, which likely created the outcome number-wise, but it is unbelievable to many that kids are being turned away from shelter. Please provide them at least a bed for the night. Thank you.