D.C. officials say they are intensifying their fight against homelessness in the city and that they’re getting results– Mayor Muriel Bowser, at the recent groundbreaking for a new shelter, highlighted a 10 percent decline in homelessness since last year. Homelessness among families dropped twice that much in the same time period. Still, more than 7,000 people were homeless in the District as of the latest count. Meanwhile, half a year after Donald Trump’s presidency began, the federal department in charge of housing issues, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, remains severely understaffed and faces funding cuts under the proposed budget. Kojo explores what the Trump administration has meant for the local fight against homelessness, which depends on federal funding and must comply with federal rules.

WAMU 88.5 is exploring the local impact of the new administration. Learn more about The Trump Effect.


  • Kristy Greenwalt Director, D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness; @KristyGreenwalt
  • Adrianne Todman Executive Director, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials; Former Executive Director, the District of Columbia Housing Authority (2009-2017); Former Official, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); @nahroceo

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