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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

WaPo Reports on Deplorable Conditions at the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA

Check out this disturbing article in today's Washington Post about the awful living conditions at the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA at the corner of 9th Street and Rhode Island Avenue in Shaw. Residents have staged a protest in response to the array of problems they deal with on an ongoing basis, including bed bugs and pests, poor water service, mold, mildew and poor ventilation. The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA is not associated with the national YWCA system, and features 117 single rooms that rent for $300 to $600 a month.


martin said...

Seems like DHS and DOH officials should be involved and held accountable for helping to address the problems tenants are facing. Has Commissioner Padro called for a meeting with those agency heads/reps? The Mayor's office doesn't really solve these problems directly.

Kate Jesberg, Interim director, DHS
(202) 671-4200

Gregg A. Pane, MD, MPA, FACPE
Director and State Health Officer
District of Columbia Department of Health
(202) 671-5000

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of frail, elderly and disabled adults in the District of Columbia. APS also provides case management, counseling, and support services to vulnerable adults who have been abused, neglected, or exploited. The Adult Protective Services Hotline number is (202) 541-3950.

Typically, the victim of adult abuse is an elderly, frail or disabled person who is dependent on the abuser for care. Victims may live in their own homes, with a relative, or in nursing homes. For the impaired, elderly and disabled, silence can be just as painful as abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

About DOH

The Mission of the Department of Health is to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life of residents, visitors and those doing business in the District of Columbia.

Our responsibilities include identifying health risks; educating the public; preventing and controlling diseases, injuries and exposure to environmental hazards; promoting effective community collaborations; and optimizing equitable access to community resources.

Anonymous said...

Hey Shaw Rez, on an unrelated note, have you seen the article on the O Street Mkt. development in the InTowner? Go to, and click on "June stories".... very exciting!! Also, an interesting read about 14th street's resurgence...a very close neighbor, and great news for eastward redevelopment in the city....

Shaw Rez said...

Anon-very exciting! I'm checking it out now...