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DC Reaches Migrant Housing Capacity, Unable to Accept New Families

Washington, D.C., officials say their city is unable to accept new migrants, as they officially reached their capacity for housing migrant families.

D.C.’s Department of Human Services (DHS) said that the Office of Migrant Services’ (OHS) temporary lodging program for families has been full as of April 26.

“New intakes are temporarily paused at this time while we continue our work helping families identify pathways for long-term sustainability and self-sufficiency based on their needs, both inside and outside the region,” DHS said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“OMS continues the processing of arriving buses, helping to facilitate onward travel, and providing information and resources to those arriving in the District on buses and other modes of transportation,” the statement added.

According to the release, OMD is housing 1,249 people from 370 families in three D.C. hotels. The migrants are given food, shelter and medical care, in addition to school enrollments and “robust case management.”

The D.C. Council passed an emergency measure to give migrants more resources, but Councilman Robert White says the city needs assistance from the federal government.

“At this point, we have exhausted resources,” White told FOX 5 DC. “Either they have to get a ticket to another place, or we will see families sleeping on the street.”

“I support putting more rainy day funds forward but that just means we end up back in the exact same place in a few weeks if more systemic things don’t change,” White added. “Those things include funding from the federal government and the federal government taking a look at work requirements.”

Migrants in DC
Craig Hudson for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Johan, 24, a migrant from Venezuela, listens to a humanitarian volunteer as he and other migrants prepare to leave after being dropped off outside of the US Naval Observatory in the early morning hours after a 30-hour bus ride from Texas in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2022. 

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