A day after two men were found dead of exposure, Mayor Gray highlighted ‘rapid rehousing’ efforts for the homeless. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

It’s not clear why two men remained outdoors Tuesday night, near a known homeless encampment at Interstate 295 and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, as temperatures dropped to near freezing. By morning, they were dead — likely from exposure, police say — and focus returned to the city’s efforts to stem a burgeoning homelessness problem. On Thursday, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) highlighted his effort to identify 500 homes over 100 days, allowing families to leave shelter units under the Rapid Rehousing program. The city is guaranteeing rents to landlords and paying to fix up some apartments. “I know that we can solve this,” Gray said. “We can’t stand by and watch the increasing prosperity of this city while at the same time we have a dismal experience for families who are living at the margins.” More from Housing ComplexWUSA-TV and DCist.

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