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15 WAS H I N G T O N I N T E RF AI T H N E T WO RK FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS WITH DIGNIFIED FAMILY SHELTERS WIN organized vigorously in the lead up to the 2014 election for the DC General homeless shelter to be replaced with smaller, more dignified facilities. The replacement facilities will be lower density and higher quality, providing humane housing options to families in need. In May 2016, legislation passed identifying 6 sites for replacement facilities and allocating nearly $100 million in capital funding. In 2017, WIN partnered with Good Faith Communities Coalition to organize Ward 3 residents and 14 local congregations to show support for building replacement facilities across the District. DC General was officially closed in November 2018. This year, WIN celebrated the grand openings of three replacement facilities in Ward 4, 7, and 8. Image of the closed DC General homeless shelter. Artistic rendering of the new family shelter in Ward 8. BRINGING GOOD JOBS TO DC In 2013, WIN began a campaign pressing for DC Water to hire more DC residents. As a result, DC Water signed an agreement including a 51% local hire commitment, contribution of $1.25 million for opening job training programs in DC, and the creation of a national certification for Green Infrastructure work. WIN is celebrating many successes from that agreement. In 2018, 85% of DC Water's new hires were from local jurisdictions and 60% specifically from DC. That's up from 11% in 2013. Additionally, 31 new DC residents received Green Infrastructure training certification in 2018.