Posts Tagged ‘D.C. General’

Why Is Councilmember Wells Pushing His Homeless Bill?

Councilmember Tommy Wells may have held off on trying to pass an emergency bill on homeless services. But he's still seeking passage of a non-emergency version of the same bill which would impose residency requirements for families seeking shelter. Here's the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless response to the bill on their blog:
"Rather than [...]

Just How Bad Are Homeless Services In The District?

Earlier this week, we learned that Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration dipped into funds for needy families to help make up for his Summer Youth Employment Program's budget shortfall. The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute reported:
"The Fenty administration chose to cover the overspending in summer jobs by transferring funds meant to help vulnerable families with basic food [...]

D.C. General’s Family Shelter Back At Capacity

The emergency family shelter at D.C. General is back at full capacity. In March, the District had faced massive overcrowding at the shelter in which mothers and children slept on hallway floors and in a cafeteria. At one point, the shelter reached 200 families. According to internal e-mails, the Department of Human Services (DHS) began [...]

D.C. General Is Still Crowded, And May Stay That Way

As of April 8, D.C. General's family shelter still housed 124 families which included 246 children. Last week, the shelter whistleblower was still residing there. Aaron McCormick, another resident who has spoken up about the shelter's poor conditions and mismanagement, is also still residing at the shelter.
There may be a good reason why residents like [...]

D.C. General Whistleblower Still At Shelter

The whistleblower, known as P.H., who brought down Families Forward Inc, the nonprofit that had managed the family shelter at D.C. General, is still living at the facility.
Last Friday, Mayor Adrian Fenty announced that the city would be terminating its contract with Families Forward after P.H. had come forward raising allegations of poor case management [...]

Shelter Operator’s Problems Were No Secret To City Officials

Mayor Adrian Fenty announced today that the city is terminating Families Forward's contract to run the troubled D.C. General family shelter and its Park Road shelter. At his press conference, the mayor made sure to praise the swift actions of Attorney General Peter Nickles and Department of Human Services Director Clarence Carter.
Families Forward came under [...]

D.C. General Shelter: It’s All About The Oversight

At 10 a.m. tomorrow, Councilmember Tommy Wells will hold an oversight hearing focusing mainly on the allegations surrounding D.C. General's family shelter. The hearing may do nothing to save the nonprofit, Families Forward Inc., from losing its contract to manage the shelter. Wells has already stated that its contract will be terminated.
At the very least, [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Shelter Worker Charged With Selling Heroin

Outlaws are this morning's theme. First comes WJLA's stunning allegation that a D.C. Police sergeant repeatedly raped a prostitute. The rapes allegedly began in February after the woman called 911 for being illegally evicted. The officially is currently on desk duty:
"A woman says she was raped several times by a District police officer who [...]

Inside D.C. General: Former Staffers Talk Mold, Bathroom Blowjobs, and Mismanagement

Inside D.C. General's family shelter, the staff had a term for rooms deemed uninhabitable: "off line." This designation was reserved for the worst of the worst—rooms without working heat or overrun by mold or peeling paint or infested with roaches. The off-line label extended even to rooms that no one thought to convert to living [...]

CFSA Has Different Take on Newborn’s Death at D.C. General

On the early morning of Feb. 9, a newborn baby was found unconscious at D.C. General's family shelter. The baby was pronounced dead at an area hospital. D.C. Police reported that there was no signs of trauma and that the baby had been found in a bassinet.
Another city agency apparently has a different take on [...]

District to Fire D.C. General Shelter’s Manager

The contractor charged with running the city's main shelter for homeless families has been fired.
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells tells City Desk that Families Forward Inc. will lose their contract by month's end to operate the shelter, which is located on the D.C. General campus.
Wells says that Clarence Carter, director of the Department of Human [...]

District Finally Inspects D.C. General Shelter For Mold

Just 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 [...]

Councilmember Wells Sets Hearing Date On D.C. General

Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the Committee on Human Services, announced today that he will hold an oversight hearing to review homeless shelter operations. The hearing is set for March 31 at 10 a.m. The press release on the hearing states:
"The purpose of this Roundtable is to provide an opportunity for the Council and public [...]

D.C. General Shelter Management Fired Staff For Inappropriate Contact With Female Residents

Families Forward, Inc., the nonprofit that runs the D.C. General family shelter, has admitted in a letter to Mayor Adrian Fenty that it has fired employees for inappropriate contact with female residents.
The allegations first came to light yesterday when we reported the concerns of two female residents who alleged that they had been propositioned by [...]

Why Is Families Forward Still Running D.C. General?

The entity that manages the shelter at D.C. General is called Families Forward, Inc. The organization, based at 1012 14th St. NW Suite 105, boasts that it operates a full-service facility manned round-the-clock by staff. In other words, it runs the Mandarin Oriental of homeless shelters:
"Families receive 24-hour services, which include shelter, meals, case management, [...]

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