Posts Tagged ‘DHS’

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

D.C. General: Weed, Stench, And Staff Come-Ons

P.H., a resident of the shelter at D.C. General, had raised enough complaints and gotten nowhere. So yesterday morning she decided to e-mail Mayor Adrian Fenty about the living conditions there. The letter spanned six long, single-spaced paragraphs. She spared no detail.
"I wanted my voice to be heard," P.H. tells City Desk. "I could not [...]

A Newborn Died at the D.C. General Shelter in February

A newborn was found unconscious at the D.C. General family shelter on the morning of Feb. 9. The baby girl was rushed to Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Beverly Fields, the spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, tells City Desk that the cause and manner of the child's death are still [...]

So How Did D.C. General Get So Crowded? One Family Tells All

Willie Richbow Jr., 19, moved into D.C. General with his mother and his two sisters on Sept. 30. They could have been an easy case, a family that didn't need to log months in an activity room.
His family was not chronically homeless or saddled with drug and mental health issues. Richbow and his kin had [...]

D.C.’s Approach To Homelessness: ‘It’s Still Big Buildings Full Of People’

In light of the overcrowded mess going on at D.C. General's emergency shelter for families, I thought I should call Robert Egger. As founder and president of DC Central Kitchen, Egger is unmatched as this city's most forward-thinking authority on homeless issues.
Years ago, Egger had approached city officials about moving away from sheltering homeless individuals [...]

Fenty’s Gifts To Homeless Families: Mold, Peeling Paint, Rib Patties, And Overcrowding

D.C. General, the city's long-shuttered hospital of last resort, is one facility that's used to being overused. In its pre-gentrification heyday, its emergency room swelled with indigent residents in need of care.
Though it's no longer providing ER services, things have scarcely changed at D.C. General, which now serves as a shelter for homeless D.C. families. [...]

Big Worry: District Homeless Shelters Are Already At Capacity

This is a bad sign. The weather is still pretty decent. But homeless shelters are at capacity or over capacity, according to recent census figures.  On October 27, there were no vacancies for homeless men, and shelters for homeless women were over capacity by two. There were zero vacancies listed for homeless families.
Yesterday, there were [...]

Homeless Advocates To Hold Press Conference @ 11

Apparently DHS Director Clarence Carter's confusing-as-hell letter to homeless advocates did little to settle the issue of just how much money will be cut from the homeless services budget. Homeless service providers will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Wilson Building to address the looming cuts and perhaps [...]

Clarence Carter Issues Statement On Homeless Services Cuts

Today, DHS Director Clarence Carter sent out a statement to various homeless advocates and shelter providers. Earlier this week, Carter and Councilmember Tommy Wells sparred on just how much the homeless services budget would get cut. Many shelters are facing 30 percent cuts or worse—closing down.
I'm not sure Carter does himself any favors with this [...]

Inside The Homeless Services Budget Mess

Is this any way to coordinate homeless services?
Late last week, word spread down to various District shelters and homeless service providers that their budgets were going to be taking a huge hit. On September 28, Catholic Charities and others were told to expect 30 percent cuts.The 30 percent cut was the average cut. Some agencies [...]

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