I was hungry, and you threw me out
|by Gina Dalfonzo|
The mission would turn over ownership of the Georgia Avenue parcels to the District, which would tear down the existing structures and build a mixed-use project that would include long-term housing for the chronically homeless. In turn, the District would give the mission title to a 12,000-square-foot lot on Massachusetts Avenue NW, near Union Station, on which sits the historic but dilapidated former Gales School. The mission would also get roughly $7 million from the District that had been set aside for rehabilitation of the Gales School -- which cannot be razed -- to transform it into a much-needed emergency shelter to house and feed approximately 150 men. The mission has agreed to operate the Gales School as a homeless shelter for a minimum of 40 years.
Not so fast, says -- get this -- the Episcopal Bishop of Washington, D.C.
Don't blink. The Episcopal Church is fast replacing its former motto "The Episcopal Church Welcomes . . . You," with "The Episcopal Church Sues You."
Bishop John Chane's lawsuit is here.
As Dave's wife, Charlotte, says, if this lawsuit succeeds, or even if it drags on too long, the homeless shelter will be homeless itself. Nice work, Bishop Chane.