As the June deadline approached for Dooley House to finish its AIDS transitional housing project, the nonprofit's contractor is in a legal fight with the city, holding up the project.
Dooley House, a struggling Camden nonprofit that provides social services to adults and children with HIV and AIDS, secured a federal grant last year for transitional housing for people with AIDS. But the city has been holding up $153,000 of federal grant money that should have gone to Philadelphia-based developer Seven Caesars, which was contracted to perform the rehab work at 521 Cooper St.
The city, which administers federal housing grants, made the first two payments last year for a total of $193,805. But after a review of the receipts submitted and payments made, the city said there was " lack of uniformity of documentation." In march, Seven Ceasars filed a complaint in Camden County Superior Court against the city and Dooley House alleging breach of contract and other counts.
On Apr. 23, County Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez- Vina ordered the city to grant the remaining allocated funds to Dooley House.