“There’s the law and then there’s right and wrong, and sometimes they aren’t in harmony,” Streznewski said. “Unless you find permanent housing for people, they’re going to come back.”
Citing examples of assaults and uncleanliness in shelters, Streznewski said she understands why some people prefer living in a tent: “It may be cold out here, but it’s safer.”
Streznewski says many of the people camping at the Rock Creek Parkway Virginia Avenue site came from a homeless encampment on nearby 26th Street that was cleared out in August.
There are roughly 7,300 homeless people in D.C. this year. This is an almost 6 percent decrease from last year’s number of almost 7,750, according to a report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.