Statement from Director of Central Mission Homeless Shelter?

I saw this on the Petworth Yahoo group, allegedly said by a Director of the homeless shelter coming to Georgia Ave. If true this is totally hilarious. It is from the site Mission D.C. Facts. Can anyone verify this quote? Did anyone go to this meeting? The Web site reports:

“Barfonce Britton Baldwin, Senior Director of Central Union Mission was on hand to answer area resident’s questions at a June 13, 2007 neighborhood meeting regarding the men’s homeless shelter’s desired move to Georgia Avenue. One young female resident who had unknowingly recently purchased her first home across from the proposed location of the mega-shelter asked Baldwin how she would feel if she were in the same situation.
Barfonce replied, “I understand. If the Mission tried to move into my neighborhood, I would oppose it too.”

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  • It is substantially true! Although, she isn’t the Executive Director of Central Union, she’s their Communications Director and her answer was in response to a man in the audience, not a young woman. It was the only reasonable thing she said all evening.

  • Good lord. How could people not be more upset by this? I’m stunned by the lack of comments. This could really hurt our quality of life up in Petworth.

  • I keep coming back to this post hoping for updates from anyone who was there, but nothing yet. I will be moving onto the same block so I’m extremely concerned, but I’m guessing people who are not in the immediate vicinity or are on the north side of Petworth Metro feel somewhat removed. I’m hoping the overlay will counteract their efforts. Not just for my sake, but for the homeless, as well. Huge shelters don’t solve the problem at hand and often lead to more issues…

  • I’ll keep revisiting this issue as developments arise.

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