DCFPI has a different take on DHS's progress. Last week, DCFPI and other organizations released Helping Families Home Roadmap: A Report Card on DC’s Progress in Helping Homeless Families. Not surprisingly, the advocates criticize DHS and the Gray administration for doing too little too slowly. Samuels' coverage of the report in the Washington Post, Is the city on track to solve its homeless crisis? Depends on who you ask., presents both sides and both reports.
Where does the truth lie? The easy answer is somewhere in between. The more nuanced answer is that the advocates' report would be much stronger if they had objective measures for the grades given. It also appears as though the report authors did not ask DHS for information. The phrase "it is not clear" appears seven times. Does this mean that the authors asked DHS or other relevant agencies for information but received no response? Or, does it mean that the authors didn't ask and were not proactively told? Finally, it's important to recognize that the advocates are measuring DHS actions against priorities with which they may or may not agree. The grades are given not based on the goals of DHS's Family Shelter Restructuring Plan, but rather on the goals laid out in April 2014 byt he coalition.
For sure, numerous issues identified in the DCFPI report require the government's attention. As is often the case, the government can always do more.