Some readers have expressed concerns about and for the homeless man who has been camping out near the Van Ness Metro’s west entrance.
ANC 3F Commissioner Mary Beth Ray had an update at the commission’s July meeting last week. She says the ANC has been working with the offices of Council member Mary Cheh and Mayor Bowser, the DC Metropolitan Police Department and Friendship House and Georgetown Ministry Center to find a solution that works for the man and the community.
Three issues were at play here, Ray said: the man’s poor health, the community’s health and safety, and the fact that the building’s owner, Fannie Mae, has allowed that retail space to remain vacant, which in effect invites people to move in.
A representative from Cheh’s office later announced there would be a meeting about him today at MPD district 2D, and that on Monday, August 3rd, the District would send a team to move his belongings.