Fenty fires shelter nonprofit
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has fired Families Forward, the nonprofit contracted to manage the city's winter emergency shelter for homeless families, after several women accused male employees of soliciting and engaging in sex with residents and the agency failed to notify D.C. officials.
A criminal investigation into the allegations has been launched to determine if charges should be filed against two male employees who were later fired by Families Forward, said D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles. An investigation by the D.C. Department of Human Services has determined that the allegations are valid.
Families Forward was notified that its $2.5 million contract to manage the Family Emergency Shelter at the old D.C. General Hospital complex and a transitional shelter on Park Road would be terminated April 30, and that they would be removed from the shelters immediately.
The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, which manages the city's contracts with shelter providers, will take over management of both shelters until another provider can be found.
"These mistakes happen but we're not going to sweep them under the rug," Fenty said. "We're going to do something about them."
-- Darryl Fears
Fenty to fire shelter nonprofit
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is expected to announce Friday morning that the beleaguered nonprofit group that managed the city's shelter for homeless families has been fired.
Fenty has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to discuss the termination of the D.C. Department of Human Services contract with the nonprofit agency Families Forward.
A 7-hour D.C. Council hearing Thursday revealed that Families Forward failed to notify the city of numerous allegations from women at the shelter who said male employees were soliciting and engaging in sex with residents in early March.
The managers of the District's Family Emergency Shelter also revealed that a 5-week-old died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome during the winter emergency on Feb. 9. A another child died last May.
Fenty was not notified of the allegations until he received an e-mail from a resident on March 17.
Families Forward chief executive Ruby King-Gregory confirmed that the shelter did not notify the city of the accusations, but said two employees, including a security guard, were terminated as a result of the alleged misconduct.
The shelter has had numerous problems, homeless advocates said. The Fenty administration failed to correctly estimate the number of families who would need winter housing during the recession, they said, leading to overcrowding that Families Forward was not prepared to handle.
The men who were fired had been hired quickly by the group to help handle the overflow.
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