Posts Tagged ‘Department of Human Services’

Save Our Safety Net Back Up And Fighting

After a short hiatus during the recent campaign season, Save Our Safety Net is back up and fighting. The group's latest issue: taking on Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' bill that would restrict homeless services to only District residents. The Safety Netters show that there's more to this bill than the residency requirement.

WaPo Takes Non-Stand On Homeless Issue

On Oct. 30, WaPo's editorial board took precious space away from either praising Michelle Rhee's school reforms or using it as a litmus test in deciding who to support in tomorrow's election (see the board's non-endorsement of Councilmember Mary Cheh) to address the growing numbers of D.C.'s homeless residents. Despite local government's stagnant efforts to [...]

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 [...]

D.C. General Shelter Still Has AC Problem

It's hot as hell out. Now think about sleeping in your car with your girlfriend and your two children, ages two and four. Throughout much of June, this was Darnell Gibson's life.
Two years ago, Gibson, 26, lost his steady job. Ever since, he hasn't been able to find stable employment. His savings ran out. He [...]

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 [...]

City Terminates Families Forward Contract

Flanked by Attorney General Peter Nickles and Department of Human Services Director Clarence Carter, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced at an 11 a.m. press conference that the city is terminating Families Forward's contract to run D.C. General's family shelter at the end of the month. Families Forward was notified by DHS this morning.
Allegations of terrible [...]

Families Forward Testifies On D.C. General

Rule No. 1: Don't bring a box cutter to a D.C. council hearing.
One hour into Councilmember Tommy Wells' oversight hearing on D.C. General's family shelter, a Families Forward Inc. employee had a little trouble passing through the Wilson Building's metal detector. The employee tried to walk in with a box cutter.
Duncan Briggs, a monitor at [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Dyed In the Wool Homey’ Edition

Good morning, City Desk!
Good morning, Mayor Vincent Gray!
Just trying that one on for size, given the BIG NEWS in the mayor's race! What does everyone think: "Can We Do Better"? How could we not, with a "dyed in the wool homey" at the city's helm? (How do you spell that word anyway? Backed up by [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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