The contractor charged with running the city’s main shelter for homeless families has been fired.
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells tells City Desk that Families Forward Inc. will lose their contract by month’s end to operate the shelter, which is located on the D.C. General campus.
Wells says that Clarence Carter, director of the Department of Human Services, “gave me the message that their contract will be terminated at the end of the month.”
Calls for comment to Families Forward and DHS have not been returned. The nonprofit had been under scrutiny since the Banita Jacks scandal. In recent weeks, the nonprofit’s shelter management has faced a series of allegations ranging from staff offering blankets for sexual favors, the suspicious death of a newborn on Feb. 9, poor case management, and crummy living conditions within D.C. General.
Families Forward’s only public comment on the shelter has come in the form of a letter to Mayor Adrian Fenty. In the letter, the nonprofit admits that staff did have inappropriate contact with residents and that its case management has been slow in assisting families.