September 5, 2008

Rally & Discussion to Save Franklin Shelter

September 8th (this Monday) is going to be a big day. In the morning there will be a rally to save Franklin Shelter from being shut down. The closure, if it goes through, would put about 300 more homeless residents on the streets just as winter approaches.

For those unfamiliar, Mayor Fenty announced he would be shutting down Franklin Shelter on October 1st because the Housing First Initiative would create 400 permanent homes. Not only are none of the homes operational, there are no plans to bring any of the houses on-line until 2010 at the earliest. Um...that leaves a bit of a time jump, and in the meantime we have things here called seasons and some of these "seasons" are cold and occasionally this "cold" causes hypothermia. You know, like it did last year and typically does every year.

It's time to get together and demand that Franklin Shelter remain open until the Mayor can make good on this and a couple other promises. Here's the time and place:

Monday, September 8th 11 AM at Franklin Shelter
13th and K St NW (one block from McPherson Square)


Then that night a group of panelists will discuss the fight against homelessness, and some of the nuances that have led to the situation we're in now. Sponsored by Empower DC and SALSA, it should be interesting, but you have to register ahead:

Franklin Shelter & The Fight Against Homelessness
Monday, September 8th
6:45 - 8:45pm1112 16th Street, NW, suite 600

This entry was posted with an ambiguous grammatical structure in the first paragraph. Corrections have been made.

2 comments:

Peregrine said...

"In the morning there will be a rally to save Franklin Shelter from being shut down, putting about 300 more homeless residents on the streets just as winter approaches."

This sentence states that the rally to save Franklin Shelter will put 300 more homeless residents on the streets just as winter approaches.

I suggest it be rewritten as follows:

"In the morning there will be a rally to save Franklin Shelter from being shut down, in the hopes of preventing about 300 more homeless residents being put out on the streets just as winter approaches."

Matt Siemer said...

Hi peregrine,

Thanks for catching that and for taking the time to read the post. I hope the new language solves the problem.

M