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Court Approves Funds for Youth Programs from Assets of Defunct SW DC Nonprofit

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ted Gest, Public Information Officer
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The D.C.  Superior Court has approved using funds from Southwest Community House Association, a former D.C. nonprofit placed in receivership in December 2011, for youth programming in the Southwest neighborhood that the nonprofit once served, District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan announced today.

Initially, up to $120,000 in disbursements by the court-appointed receiver, Lisa Burford, will be made to Sasha Bruce Youthwork, a D.C. nonprofit, to fund twelve months of programming at the Randall Recreation Center.  Approximately $200,000 will remain for future disbursements.
In approving the initial disbursements, Superior Court Judge Todd E. Edelman accepted a recommendation developed by receiver Burford in consultation with community leaders, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and the Office of the Attorney General.  The programs will target at-risk youth and their families, and will include HIV and substance abuse prevention, computer and job skills training, athletics, and the arts.  

Southwest Community House Association provided social services in D.C. from its founding in 1901 until the sale of its only asset, a building at 156 Q Street, S.W., in mid-2006.  After  the sale, the association did not maintain an office or engage in substantial charitable activity.  In 2011, the Office of the Attorney General investigated and filed a lawsuit against the association, which consented to a receivership.  

“We are gratified that this court-approved programming puts the remaining assets of Southwest Community House to work for the benefit of the community,” Attorney General Nathan said.  

DPR director Jesus Aguirre said his agency “is excited about our continuing partnership with Sasha Bruce and other community organizations to provide programming and support for the Southwest community.  As we seek to provide high-quality programs for communities across the District, we've been exploring unique and creative partnerships that leverage the expertise of our community partners.  The community wins as a result of the hard work and collaboration that led to this funding opportunity.”