Homeless Advocates, City Officials Bicker Over So, So Many Things…
The Washington Post is reporting today on various disputes that arose during yesterday's Human Services Committee hearing after the group's chair, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells claimed that the D.C. government had quietly cut $20 million from homeless services.
- Clarence Carter, director of the D.C. Department of Human Services, said Wells was misinformed about the budget: roughly $12 million had been cut—not $20 million.
- Shelter managers and other providers said they knew nothing about the budget cuts until late September. DHS director Carter said his office had begun reaching out to providers in July. (The new fiscal year began last week.)
On Friday, a coalition of homeless service providers released a statement saying some 100 families and nearly 500 women were at risk of losing their beds, if the cuts remained in place, according to the Post.