- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2000

Members of a residential drug-and alcohol-treatment program in danger of being evicted from their Southeast Washington, D.C. building yesterday got permission from the city government Tuesday to stay there another three weeks.
Thirty-four adults all recovering drug addicts and alcoholics and their children, who now live in the House of Hope, will be able to stay in the building at 223 Orange St. SE until Jan. 8, after which they will be asked to move to another location. The building that houses the program, run by Pastor Shirley Holloway, is uninhabitable.
If the city government had not given them an extension, the 13 women, 21 men, and the children would have been out on the street yesterday morning, with no place to go.
"We know that God answered our prayers," Ms. Holloway said Tuesday afternoon, after receiving a telephone call from city officials with news of the extension.
"We cried a little when we got the news," Ms. Holloway said. "But we can't get too relaxed. We still need to find a new place to live."
Ms. Holloway said she got a telephone call from the District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs after officials there learned of her case from The Washington Times. After a conference call, the agency decided to grant the extension.
"We are pleased to have been able to offer Ms. Holloway some assistance," said Elena Temple, deputy director of communications for Mayor Anthony A. Williams.
Ms. Temple said the mayor's office encourages D.C. residents who find themselves in similar situations and need help to call the Office of the Public Advocate at 202/673-4421.
Ms. Holloway was told she had to move out of the building on Orange Street in October after the landlord, Amos Green, told her the building was deemed uninhabitable.
Mr. Green could not be reached for comment yesterday afternoon.
The walls, decorated with religious sayings, are coming apart. There are holes in the ceiling throughout the three-story building, which is estimated to be about 50 years old. The two neighboring buildings have been boarded up.
The current facility has 12 apartments, six two-bedroom and six one-bedroom units. Each apartment is shared by six or seven persons. Some sleep in the walk-in closets so they can participate in Ms. Holloway's treatment program.
Since October, Ms. Holloway had been working to find a new home for her ministry, which she founded two years ago. She called property owners and a slew of city government agencies in hopes of finding a new and affordable place her flock can call home, but no one could help her.
She said her ministry can only afford to pay about $1,500 in rent each month for a new place.
Ms. Holloway said she received about 50 telephone calls yesterday from businesses offering financial help to support her cause. But she said she still needs to find a new home before the Jan. 8 deadline.
"We may have won the battle, but we need to win the war, and that is finding a new place to live," Ms. Holloway said.
Anyone interested in helping Ms. Holloway and the House of Hope Ministry can call 202/563-7545.

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