Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DCentric: Do Social Service Agencies Prevent Economic Development?

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Another point of contention is the question of who is being served by the social agencies. If they’re primarily helping people who don’t live in the community, then there are issues of equity, that one community burdens the load for everyone — the “dumping ground” argument. But if the agencies are mostly helping people who live in the area, then it’s a matter of “recognizing our neighbors need help,” Takahashi said. 
Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry told DCentric he doesn’t think his community has become a dumping ground for social service agencies. 
“I welcome these agencies because they’re serving the people in the community, and the people in the community don’t have to go way across town to get these services,” Barry said. “What’s missing is for the city to require in the contract that these agencies hire D.C. residents, or Ward 8 residents.”

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