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Mayor Muriel Bowser held an Oct. 9 ribbon-cutting for The Horizon, the second of seven “short-term family housing” facilities to replace the dilapidated D.C. General family shelter, a converted hospital. The Horizon is located in Ward 7 and includes 35 apartment-style units with shared bathrooms on each floor. The larger 2-bedroom units also include private restrooms.

[Read more: Council votes against controversial private restrooms for homeless families] 

The ceremony came two weeks after a similar event to highlight the completion of The Kennedy, a 45-unit facility in Ward 4. “With these new short-term family housing programs, we are providing a chance for our families to rebuild their circumstance as they continue to contribute to our greater D.C. community,” Bowser said in a press release 

Families will be moved to both facilities in the coming weeks and the third replacement facility is expected to be completed in Ward 8 next month. The other three are planned to open this time next year. 

[Read more: Council passes updated plan to replace D.C. General shelter] 

Meanwhile, demolition of a building next to the inhabited portion of D.C. General continues, despite criticism from advocates and councilmembers. Bowser reiterated her promise that the shelter will close this year. 

[Read more: Advocates questioned the timeline to close D.C. General and the impact of demolition taking place on the campus. D.C. Council held a hearing to investigate.] 

On the day of the Ward 7 ribbon cutting, 34 families remained at D.C. General, according to the press release.  


Update (10/19/2018)

This story has been updated to include the detail that 2-bedroom units within both facilities feature private bathrooms; also to reflect that, as of an Oct. 18 court ruling, construction of a shelter in Ward 3 will proceed despite some residents’ opposition. The article initially stated there were six short-term family housing facilitates planned, due to uncertainty surrounding the Ward 3 location. There are once again seven locations in the works.