Today, news came that the Central Union Mission shelter would not be moving from 14th Street NW to Georgia Avenue NW. The shelter will be relocating to a site close to Union Station. So that makes two enormous homeless shelters within blocks of each other.
Ward One Councilmember Jim Graham participated in the news conference and posted a message on his website crowing over the news. He rejoiced:
“Good news!!! Central Union Mission is not moving to Georgia Avenue in Ward One. It is moving downtown.”
It was all around bad form.
Dcist does an excellent job noting Graham’s apparent happiness. It does an even better job mapping Graham’s contradictions: this is the same guy that pushed to dump a bunch of displaced strip clubs to Ward 5. This DCist post is a must read!