District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make it easier to deny shelter to homeless people who don't live in the District.
Bowser proposed emergency legislation on Tuesday that would allow the city to turn people away if their last place of residence can't be verified.
The District guarantees shelter to homeless people on freezing nights, and the homeless population has increased over the past few years. Last year the mayor opened the shelters year round, guaranteeing families can get off the street even when the temperature is above freezing.
The city's main homeless shelter is full, and the city is currently spending $80,000 a night on hotel rooms for families who have nowhere else to stay.