Homeless Families Protest Cuts

Homeless services in D.C. could get a funding cut next year. The city is poised to loose $7 million in federal funds for homelessness and Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed budget doesn’t replace that money. A few dozen homeless families protested the $7 million cut during a Monday budget hearing, and called for the city to use some of its surplus to cover the loss, WJLA reports.

The city faces a $172 million shortfall next year, but has $240 million in leftover money from last fiscal year. Why not use that extra money to cover the gap? A D.C. law requires surplus money be put aside into the city’s savings, but advocates say that Mayor Gray can change that law.