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After the Washington City Paper reported that the Federal City Shelter was improperly housing children (“Helter Shelter,” 2/25), the Williams administration relocated 13 families to the former D.C. Village nursing home. Few advocates believed government promises of help in finding permanent residences, but those promises seem to be coming true. Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness Executive Director Sue Marshall says that two families have already moved into rental apartments, and three have left for family-based shelters. Two more have rented apartments but are waiting to move in; another two have secured Section 8 housing and are also waiting to move in. Of the four other families, says Marshall, two now live with relatives, and only two have left for parts unknown.”I think it turned out pretty well,” Marshall says. “I still think we have work to do.” —Jason Cherkis

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