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District Finally Inspects D.C. General Shelter For Mold

dcgeneralJust about everyone who has entered D.C. General's family shelter has complained about the peeling paint and mold in the stairwells. The complaints are perhaps second to complaints about the food, slow case management, and bizarre staff-resident interactions. What we were wondering: Has any District agency inspected the property and attempted to abate the peeling paint and mold?

During the snow storms in early Feb., Councilmember Tommy Wells toured the facility and spotted issues with the facility. A few weeks ago, he told City Desk:  "I saw mold and ceiling damage was in the stairwells." He also said residents complained about plumbing problems, and concerns over cleanliness.

Wells' staff followed up by interviewing residents and doing their own mini-inspections at D.C. General. The staff even pitched in with some case management services.

But that was three, four weeks ago. So why is the District Department of the Environment only now inspecting D.C. General? The agency is apparently inspecting the shelter today.

We are waiting for answers from DDOE on that one.

Wells' office does report that the District's Department of Real Estate Services inspected the shelter last year.

The Department of Health reports it has not inspected D.C. General. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs says it has also not inspected the former hospital. "We haven't inspected this property and nobody has brought any issues with this property to our attention," says DCRA spokesperson Mike Rupert.

Whether the DDOE abates the mold or not may be a moot point. The shelter had drastically reduced its population–from a record capacity of 200 families to 109 families on Monday.

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  • Rick Mangus

    Well it's about TIME!

    It's really sad that you have to shame the District Government to take action!

  • Grumpy

    Because poor folks complaining does not move Politicians or Bureaucrats. They seen it and heard it before; it doesn't effect election outcomes and doesn't remove any money from their pockets.

    It costs TOO much to care man...old game, same game. Walter Reed won't even do right by it's wounded soldiers and they fought to defend this nation; you think anybody care about some poor people? Only some Advocates care and not all of them do...

    Ain't saying it's right, just saying that's how it is...

  • eli

    ???? so why are they reducing the number of families? because of media attention? i don't think demand is going down and it's not like 100 family shelter spots opened up somewhere else.

  • DC Hoodrat

    Tommy Wells told Barras that FF is gone by the end of the month.

  • toxicmoldtruth

    Those involved may want to check out the remarkable research on toxic mold removal done by environmental expert Dr Ed Close. Simply diffusing a therapeutic-grade essential oil regularly will likely result in an environment very hostile to mold.

    It seems like this would make traditional remediation projects easier and more effective, as well as creating a healthier environment in which to work and live.

    In one instance, 10,667 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a per cubic meter area. After diffusing Thieves essential oil for forty-eight hours, Dr Close retested. Only thirteen stachybotrys remained. Similarly, 75,000 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a sample of sheetrock. After seventy-two hours of diffusing, no stachybotrys mold spores remained. (Stachybotrys has a reputation for being the most toxic mold.)

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