Homeless families in the District struggle with a lack of both affordable housing and shelter space, but placement is especially difficult for large families like Sharisse Baltimore’s. Families with four or more children comprise a quarter of the population at the city’s main homeless shelter, which has been filled beyond capacity this winter, with more than 900 people and a record 600 children. Late last year, Baltimore received a rental assistance voucher for families of five or more. They moved into their new rowhouse Friday.
Sharisse Baltimore, 42, and her son Sean, 4, participate in a program at a homeless shelter in the abandoned D.C. General hospital. She and her large family just moved into a house, and this is their last day at the shelter. Baltmore has six children, one of whom is at college, and also lives with her boyfriend. They've been in a homeless shelter since the summer. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post Buy Photo