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It’s late in the day Friday—-as I’m sure you’re all aware—-so I’m just going to post this video, even though I still have a few calls out regarding its subject matter:
So, the story tackles a deeply confusing subject: The homeless services budget crisis. A week ago, the Washington Post reported that the city had cut $20 million from the homeless services budget. Then, we heard it was $12 million…or perhaps nothing?
“They are still trying to make the argument that there are no cuts,” Charles Allen, chief of staff for Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, told Washington City Paper. “It’s very frustrating but we are going to keep working the problem to figure out what we can do. I know the providers and the advocacy community are very frustrated.”
And now comes the above piece from NBC 4, posted yesterday, saying simply:
“DC officials said an emergency 11 million dollars would be found to keep the strained programs working. Human Services Director Clarence Carter told News 4 the District will fully ensure that resources are available to keep shelters open.”
Come again, now? Is it so much to ask that you mention which shelters will remain open or exactly how many of the 100 families and480 women threatened with eviction will remain housed?