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D.C. homeless families granted homes as part of Mayor Gray's plan

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Twenty-year-old Candice Dior and her one-year-old daughter were recently placed in this one-bedroom apartment as part of D.C. Mayor Gray’s goal to give permanent homes to 500 families in 100 days – and eventually shut down the D.C. General Shelter.

"It's terrible in there -- if you step foot in there you'll see what I'm saying," says Dior.

She adds that living conditions in the hospital were deplorable well before Relisha Rudd went missing, but that "nobody reached out until the Relish Rudd case.”

"I didn't think that they were going to do any of that until the news started showing up there everyday and started talking to people and got information about what really went on inside of there,” Dior says.

And that’s where some residents and the Department of Human Services are bumping heads.

Dora Taylor with DHS insists that this initiative has absolutely nothing to do with Rudd’s disappearance:

"The mayor decided we needed to do something quick and very drastic to be able to find a solution for families who need shelter."

Dior, now one of more than two dozen families placed, says she’s grateful for the program help, but says it shouldn’t have taken a tragedy for the city to finally address the issues at D.C. General:

"The food, the bed, the rooms, the bugs, the mold -- everything in there is stressful...I'm very happy to be out of there."

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