"I was jolted to find people sleeping on the floor when I went to mail a letter. You see more people in Bethesda sleeping in their cars and using the library as a haven during the day. It's odd that people can accept people living on the grates in the District, but haven't the foggiest notion what's happening in their own area."

Susan Glenister, 52, referring to the Bethesda Post Office, where homeless people were sleeping in the lobby, which is open 24 hours a day, until Montgomery County police officers cleared them out.

"Doubling up has reduced the number of people able to open their homes to foster children. The physical space just isn't there."

--Lelia Whiting, of the National Association of Social Workers, citing Montgomery and Fairfax counties as two of the many areas where available foster homes have decreased in the last year.

"I try to laugh to keep from crying. I just don't want to keep my mind on the fact that we have no home. I'm looking for a two-bedroom apartment for $250, and they just aren't around anymore. Everyone's looking for the same thing."

--Diane Brown, who has lived with four children in a city-paid motel room since August, when there was a fire at her rented home in Northeast Washington.