Addicted to the streets

Homelessness | With temperatures over 100 degrees here last week, many among the capital's estimated 10,000 homeless individuals rode for hours on free, air-conditioned buses.
by Clint Rainey
Posted 7/29/06, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Stung by press accusations of "callousness" two decades ago, the Reagan administration turned over one gigantic federal building to a nonprofit in the 1980s-and inaugurated a domino effect of continually improving aid for Washington's homeless. Today one group alone, DC Central Kitchen, serves 4,000 meals a day. Another makes vegetarian lunches on Sunday afternoons. Clothes closets, health clinics, and attorneys ready to sue on homeless people's behalf are easy to find.

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