Spring Road Shelter Option Off the Table
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At a hearing last week, DHS Director Clarence H. Carter said that the agency searched for an alternative location to shelter families and that the best facility was at 1125 Spring Rd. NW, a former Hebrew home for the aged and more recently a mental health center.
It would have cost an estimated $800,000 to renovate the building for 75 families, roughly what it would have cost to add on to the D.C. General shelter.
But the Spring Road building has since been removed from consideration, Carter said during the hearing.
Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) said her community already contains an “inordinate amount of group homes,” and Spring Road already has two homeless shelters on it: a men’s transitional shelter and an 88-room family shelter.
“How could a government agency ask people in a two-block radius to support three homeless shelters?” Bowser said.