Peaceoholics downsizing after cuts
Peaceoholics, the nonprofit known for working with at-risk youths, is downsizing after losing millions of dollars in earmarks from the D.C. government, the D.C. Wire reports.
About 50 part-time and full-time workers have been laid off, and the group has until the end of the month to move out of its headquarters on Raleigh Place SE.
Co-founded by Ronald Moten, a friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Peaceoholics received nearly $8 million in city contracts over four years. But last year, the D.C. Council grew wary of the group after questions were raised about its involvement in the donation of a city-owned fire truck and ambulance to the Dominican Republic.
The council cut earmarks for several organization to help fill a budget gap.
Moten blamed Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), who announced last week that he will challenge Fenty in the Democratic September primary. He also blamed Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) for distributing money tagged for gang intervention to other groups.
Washington Post editors
| April 6, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
Categories: DC | Tags: Adrian Fenty, DC Council, District of Columbia Council, Dominican Republic, Harry Thomas Jr.
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