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Zaniyah sleeps while her mom shops at the Bread for the City boutique. (Courtesy of Caroline Lacey)

The People's Boutique In Washington, D.C.

by Caroline Lacey
Aug 5, 2012

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Three-week-old Zaniyah sleeps while her mom, Nicole Hearn, browses through racks of donated clothes. The "boutique," as the clients call it, is a room at Bread for the City — an organization that provides vulnerable D.C. residents and their families with food, medical and social services and clothing. The boutique is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a center in the District.

Another client, Chuckie, has been homeless for more than three months. He hopes to get a new pair of pants today because his have too many holes — and "not the cool kind," he says.

Caroline Lacey is a photographer in suburban Washington, D.C. She listens to WAMU.

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