Council votes to close DC General homeless shelter

The family homeless shelter where 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was living until she disappeared last year is closing its doors for good.

The D.C. Council has approved Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to close the D.C. General Hospital shelter in Southeast D.C. and move the 800 residents to six smaller shelters across the city.

So far, there has been no announcement about where those shelters will be located.

Bowser’s plan has a goal of ending homelessness in the District by 2020, but there are people who need help now.

Some homeless people avoid the shelters because of the poor conditions and opt to live on the streets.

If your commute takes you past the Kennedy Center along Rock Creek Parkway, you have probably seen tents there. It is a homeless encampment -- one of the largest in D.C.

The tents and other supplies are handed out by a man named Arnold Harvey and his organization, God's Connection Transition.

He spoke with FOX 5's Lauren DeMarco about the situation here and why he is helping out.

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