The D.C. Coalition for the Homeless will use federal money to purchase two row houses in the Shaw area for use as shelters for women who are now housed in a crumbling shelter downtown that the federal government plans to close.
According to court papers filed yesterday, the coalition will house 60 homeless women in houses at 455 and 457 Florida Ave. NW, for which it will pay $145,000. The group has also arranged to lease a nearby row house at 1301 T St. NW, which will accommodate 25 women.
The new shelters will be ready by Oct. 21, the coalition said.
The federal government announced last month that it would convert an old Navy Department building in Anacostia Park into a temporary 600-bed shelter for homeless men and that the coalition would receive $3.7 million to operate that shelter and renovate other facilities in the city.
The new coalition-run shelters are expected to house persons now using a dilapidated facility at 425 Second St. NW that is run by the Community for Creative Non-Violence.
Officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said they would close the CCNV shelter shortly after the new facilities are available.
CCNV leader Mitch Snyder said last night that the coalition's plans for both men and women are "very, very bad" and that his group intends to ask U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Richey to review them.
Richey ruled in August that the government could close the CCNV shelter, but only after moving its residents. The case is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals.