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|SENIOR LUNCHEON PROGRAMS AND WEEKEND HOT MEALS||ON-GOING|
|FREE COLONOSCOPY SCREENING||ON-GOING|
|TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS||ON-GOING|
|ARE YOU A HOMEBOUND DC RESIDENT?||ON-GOING|
|SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY||ON-GOING|
|CLEANING FOR A REASON - FREE CLEANING SERVICE FOR WOMEN UNDERGOING CHEMO||ON-GOING|
|HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND UNIVERSITY MED STUDENTS LAUNCH FREE CLINIC FOR UNINSURED||Every Monday from 6PM - 9PM|
|DC FOOD FINDER - ONLINE MAP OF FOOD RESOURCES||Until Further Notice|
|REVISED WELLNESS PROGRAM SCHEDULE AT HILLCREST AND FORT DAVIS RECREATION CENTERS||On-going|
|SAFETY TIPS FROM THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT||On-going|
|SIGN-UP FOR DC POLICE ALERTS||On-going|
On Tuesday, March 22 at Arena Stage, Mayor Muriel Bowser delivered her State of the District Address.
Click on the link below to view a printed transcript of the address: 2016 ADDRESS
Click on the link below to view the address on-line: view Address On-Line
The District of Columbia has a plan to end homelessness. As part of that plan, we will close DC General - a former hospital that has served as the District’s largest family shelter for seven years. DC General is too big, too old and geographically removed from the services that individuals experiencing homelessness need to exit shelter and get back on their feet. We will replace DC General by developing several short-term family housing facilities across the city.
Click on the link below to view the plan: REPLACING DC GENERAL WITH SHORT-TERM FAMILY HOUSING
Click on the link below to view the budgets: DC BUDGETS
It is hard to believe that we recently passed the six-month mark in the Bowser Administration. I am pleased to report that Washington, DC is strong and getting stronger. Our economy is thriving, our schools are improving, and our finances are in good shape. Since day one, we have been looking to you – the residents of the District of Columbia – to shape our agenda. With your feedback in hand, we developed a budget that makes critical investments in education, health and wellness, public safety, affordable housing and jobs.
This Administration is focused on bringing prosperity to every corner of DC, so that our entire community can benefit from our success.
Because you are so important to our progress, I wanted to share a snapshot of our successes to date. From improving our public schools, to enhancing public safety, to bringing good paying jobs to District residents, we are making DC an even better place to live, work and play.
I’m proud of the things we have accomplished, but this is just the beginning; we have so much more to do. With your help, the Bowser Administration will continue to make you proud.
Click on the link below to view the report: BOWSER ADMINISTRATION SIX MONTH PROGRESS REPORT 8/15S
Mayor Muriel Bowser Delivers 2015 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS PATHWAY TO THE MIDDLE CLASS at the Historic Lincoln Theater, 1214 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
Click on the link below to view a printed transcript of the address: 2015 ADDRESS
Click on the link below to view the address on-line: view Address On-Line
Mayor Muriel Bowser Delivers Inaugural Address
Click on the link below for the address: REPORT
Mayor Gray Delivers Farewell Speech and Releases Final Report on His Administration. Mayor Gray thanked residents and outlined how his administration has moved the District forward over the last four years. Mayor Gray also released his administration’s final report titled “One City: Stronger Together.”
To see the report click here: REPORT
Muriel Bowser Moving Forward Together: Priorities for the District’s Future
To see the report click here: PLAN
Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions To see the report click here: REPORT
Click on the link below to view the file: CURRENT AND PROPOSED DC BUDGET
A year ago, I was selected by my colleagues to chair the Council's Committee on Education. It has been a rewarding - and busy - 12 months. I have enjoyed getting to know the amazing leaders of our public schools and hearing their hopes, frustrations, and ideas about how to improve public education in our city. Similarly, my conversations with parents all across the District have taught me what their expectations are for the education of their children. A brief summary of the Committee's accomplishments last year is below. I think you will agree that the Committee and its dedicated staff have been hard at work. As I have said before, chairing the Committee on Education has been the best job that I've ever had, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure that every student in every school receives a high quality education - no exceptions!
Click on the link below to view the report
"2013 Committee on Education 2013 Year in Review"
What is Grade DC.Gov? This program enables you to submit comments about certain District agencies and view how District residents graded those agencies. The goal is to help you better engage with your government and help government agencies to improve the quality of their services.
Click on the link below to Grade DC
Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, being able to provide 9-1-1 with all details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed could be the difference between life and death.
Additional information about the Smart 911 Program is provided below:
Voting rights of citizens in the District of Columbia differ from the rights of citizens in each of the 50 U.S. states. The United States Constitution grants each state voting representation in both houses of the United States Congress. As the U.S. capital, the District of Columbia is a special federal district, not a state, and therefore does not have voting representation in the Congress. The Constitution grants the Congress exclusive jurisdiction over the District in "all cases whatsoever."
In the United States House of Representatives, the District is represented by a delegate, who is not allowed to vote on the House floor but can vote on procedural matters and in congressional committees. D.C. residents have no representation in the United States Senate. As a result of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1961, the District is entitled to three electoral votes in the election of the President of the United States.
The District's lack of voting representation in Congress has been an issue since the capital's foundation. Numerous proposals have been introduced to change this situation including legislation and constitutional amendments, returning the District to the state of Maryland, and making the District into a new state. All proposals have been met with political or constitutional challenges and there has been no change in the District's representation in the Congress.
Additional information about DC Voting Rights is provided below:
"History of DC Voting Rights"
June 29, 2013 to engage the community in efforts to enhance economic development throughout the ward. In particular, he engaged area residents in discussions about how the community, the government and the private sector can work together to improve retail, strengthen existing neighborhood centers, and identify priorities for future investments in Ward 7.
Joining Mayor Gray at the summit were Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Victor L. Hoskins, Office of Planning (OP) Director Harriet Tregoning, other District leaders and staff from District government agencies. The event was serviced by AmericaSpeaks, a District-based non-profit organization whose mission is to engage citizens in public decisions that have the greatest impact on their lives and communities.
Participants in the Ward 7 Economic Development Summit sat at tables of eight to 10 with a trained facilitator and discussed a series of questions that helped identify a set of collective priorities. These discussions were informed by facts, figures, videos and short verbal presentations on a variety of topics involving the future of the ward. The ultimate goal of the day was to collect ideas and insights from community residents and ensure that their interests shape Ward 7’s future. More than 350 people registered to attend the five-hour summit.
Information about the summit is provided below:
"Ward 7 Economic Development Summary August 2014"
The Ward 7 Heritage Guide identifies historic or culturally important places in the ward and provides a framework for developing strategies to promote and protect the historic resources as necessary. A goal of this commemoration of Ward 7's heritage is the enhancement of economic development, community stability, and quality of life measures.
The Neighborhood Profiles offers detailed demographic information, resources and maps for 50 neighborhoods and corridors supplementing traditional market data. The annual report provides a microscopic look at a variety of neighborhood and corridors and is intended to guide investors, brokers, developers and tenants on site location decision.
106 Stores and Businesses with Senior Discounts: "Senior Discounts"
Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. Also, please note that some senior discounts vary by region. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for your buck.
Household Hazardous Waste - E-cycling- Document Shredding
Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Document Shredding services are offered on the first Saturday of the month (except holidays), between 8 am and 3 pm, with an additional Household Hazardous Waste/E-Cycling drop-off on the first Thursday of the month (except holidays), between 1pm and 7pm. at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE. This schedule replaces the weekly collection.
The Department of Public Works makes it easy for residents to dispose properly of household hazardous waste (HHW) and unwanted electronic equipment (e-waste). Throwing them into the trash, pouring them down the drain, or getting rid of them in other improper ways can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health, as well as to the health of your family pets and DPW workers.
The District is the first jurisdiction in the region to offer free document shredding for residents, thus relieving them of either purchasing their own shredder (and running the risk that young children might harm themselves if they try to play with it), or waiting for an infrequently offered community-based shredding event.
District residents may bring up to five, medium-size boxes (no larger than the standard District recycling bin, which is approximately 20” x 14” x 14”) of personal documents to be shredded. Only paper (staples, paper and binder clips on the paper are okay) and credit cards will be accepted. No business or commercial material will be accepted.
For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on the HHW link at: DPW WEBSITE
*Directions to Ft. Totten: Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Road, NE and continue to the end of the street.
For Immediate Release:
Sept. 13, 2011
Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist
BEWARE OF UNSOLICITED CALLS FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Washington, D.C. (Sep. 13, 2011)—The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) today issues this warning to District residents about the rise in unsolicited telephone calls from callers with 202 area codes seeking personal financial information. Recently, several residents have received calls about grant awards by the federal government, and have been asked to give their personal information.
DISB warns all residents to be on the look-out for any entity (government or otherwise), or any individual claiming to offer any financial gains by asking for their personal information such as credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers. Note that callers from legitimate agencies likely already have such information. Therefore, DISB warns residents not to give out any personal financial information to a call they did not initiate.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is being targeted or harassed by telemarketing fraudsters, DISB suggests that you sign up your cell phone and landlines onto the Federal Trade Commissions’ National Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov or calling 1-888-382-1222. This registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home; and you can file a complaint at the website if you do continue to receive these unwanted calls. Furthermore, you may tell individual callers that you want to be on their “do not call” list.
Should you suspect you may have been defrauded, contact DISB at (202) 727-8000 or file a complaint online at www.disb.dc.gov.
D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking | Office of Communications | 810 First St., NE, Suite 701, Washington, D.C. 20002 | Office: 202-727-8000 | Fax: 202-576-79
Speed Camera Locations
To maximize the program's flexibility and impact, the Metropolitan Police Department is using both non-fixed speed enforcement cameras and fixed-location cameras to monitor aggressive speeding. Speed camera enforcement zones are selected by the MPD based on recents incidents of speeding-related fatalities and crashes, proximity to school zones and other places where children or other vulnerable populations may be present, and known sites of chronic speeding. The deployment of the non-fixed speed camera units is at the sole discretion of MPD traffic safety experts.
The MPD has identified approximately six dozen enforcement zones, located throughout the District of Columbia, at which non-fixed speed camera units may be deployed. These include a combination of residential streets, major arteries and highways. The MPD generally deploys non-fixed speed cameras at only a select number of locations at any one time. Not all of the listed locations necessarily have non-fixed speed camera enforcement at the current time.
Click on the link below for locations:
DC SPEED CAMERA LOCATIONS
Washington Post - Editorial Board Opinion - Published: August 29
Who’s really benefiting from D.C. Council ‘constituent’ accounts?
Kwame R. Brown (D), the D.C. Council chairman, recently asked for his thoughts on how constituent services funds should be used, ticked off a list that included funeral services, grandmothers about to be evicted and schoolchildren in need of book bags. Nowhere on his list, as enumerated to The Post’s Mike DeBonis, were consultants for council members’ political activities, water for council members’ offices, reimbursements for council members’ travel or contributions to council members’ political allies. Yet such expenditures routinely show up in accounting for the funds, far outnumbering the occasional payment to help a resident in distress. Which just bolsters the case for eliminating these slush funds altogether.
Council members are each permitted to raise $80,000 from private contributors for their constituent funds, separate from their campaign fundraising. The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance recently fined Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) for using money from her fund to make robo-calls. She’s appealing because she says the calls were promoting a community event. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has come under some criticism for using money from his fund to purchase tickets to sporting events. Mr. Evans has been buying tickets and giving them to constituents for use in school auctions or for general distribution since 1996.
The law gives officials wide latitude in how they use this money. There is a prohibition against use for overt political or personal benefit, but it’s evident that much of the money has been going to pay for activities that are essentially political: buying ads in community programs, providing free food at community meetings, sending out promotional material. Don’t you think that anyone who got to see a Washington Capitals game courtesy of Mr. Evans would remember him come election time? And many of the contributions are overtly political, going to organizations such as the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the Ward 8 Democrats or the Ward 7 Democrats. The open admission of such gifts suggests how lax the oversight has been.
An occasional payment to a funeral home or a delinquent utility bill payment shows up on members’ disclosure forms. But those are outnumbered by payments to council staffers, caterers and consultants. And, as several council members conceded to us, they often are better able to help constituents in need by connecting them to an appropriate city agency or nonprofit organization than by giving them a handout. No doubt council members — who pretty much view this money as their own — will resist any change. But with Mr. Brown pledging at least to reform the system, it’s time to stop pretending that widows and orphans are the ones whose interests are at stake.
Here is the link to find a Public Notary in Washington, DC. Use this web map to find District licensed notary publics from the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications: Notary Website
Notaries are also listed on the DC gov web site.
ClicK here to visit the website: All About Lead
Welcome to Pennsylvania Avenue Village East
Village East is a community-based nonprofit organization designed to provide support services and programs to help residents along Pennsylvania Avenue east of the Anacostia River age 50 and over maintain a healthy, independent life style in their own homes as long as they can.
The Village has been established by member of our community who wish to remain in their own homes as they age. Our service area includes Dupont Park, Randle Highlands, Penn Branch, Fort Davis and Hillcrest.
Our aim—with the assistance of proven providers and supported by a service fee—is to help seniors 50 years and over maintain a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle through programs such as:
•Volunteer transportation assistance to and from medical appointments
•Nutrition, health, and medical care information
•Grocery shopping assistance
•Daily telephone contact
•Seminars and small-group discussions
•Social and religious study activities
•Cooking and computer classes*
•Excercise opportunities (walking groups, strength training, etc)*
•Major handyman services/contractors/lawn-care*
•Bridge-building (partnership with youth to provide volunteer opportunities such as reading to seniors, light gardening, etc)
Neighbors helping neighbors by providing helping hands as we age at home is vital to a healthy lifestyle and helps build a strong, friendly, loving community.
*Will cost an additional fee.
The Village is Growing... Join Us!
We—just like our web site—are just getting started. In the months ahead, we look forward to offering more information about the services we plan to facilitate, and will be hosting a survey to learn more about the needs of our community. Be sure to come back soon for news and information.
Click here to take the needs survey: Needs Survey
ClicK here to visit the website: Website
In the mean time, to join our effort or express interest in Village services, please call 202-657-6160 and ask for Ethel Wilson, Stella Hall, Robert Richards, or Jackie Stuckey. Or, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
New Wheelchair-Accessible Cab Option
Persons using wheelchairs now have access to" rollDC" full service fleet of 20 accessible taxicabs, provided by Royal Cab and the Yellow Cab Company of D.C. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"rollDC" is a curb-to-curb service for people who use standard-size wheelchairs or scooters and cannot use traditional taxi sedans. The accessible taxis can accommodate up to four passengers in addition to the person using the wheelchair, and rates for the accessible taxi service are the same as those for traditional taxi services in D.C.
Trips may be reserved up to a week in advance.
Scheduling trips can be done online or by phone.
Contact Yellow Cab Company of D.C. at 202-544-1213, www.dcyellowcab.com
or Royal Cab at 202-398-0500, www.dctaxionline.com
The American Dietetics Association offers the following guidelines for eating right with color. When shopping and planning meals, use foods in the color palette below:
Green produce indicates antioxidant potential
and may help promote healthy vision and
reduce cancer risks.
• Fruits: avocado, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi and lime
• Vegetables: artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach
Orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables
contain nutrients that promote healthy
vision and immunity, and reduce the risk of
• Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, papaya, peach and pineapple
• Vegetables: carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes
Purple and blue options may have antioxidant
and anti-aging benefits and may help with
memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer
• Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins
• Vegetables: eggplant, purple cabbage, purple-fleshed potato
Red indicates produce that may help maintain
a healthy heart, vision, immunity and may
reduce cancer risks.
• Fruits: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red/pink grape fruit, red grapes and watermelon
• Vegetables: beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes
White, tan and brown foods sometimes
contain nutrients that may promote heart
health and reduce cancer risks.
• Fruits: banana, brown pear, dates and white peaches
• Vegetables: cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnips, white-fleshed potato and white corn
SENIOR LUNCHEON PROGRAMS
The following centers, funded by the DC Office on Aging, serve nutritious, well-balanced congregate meals at the center daily, or will arrange for meal delivery to a homebound person. Contributions are encouraged. For more information on how you may participate, contact the Lead Agency in your ward or call the DC Office on Aging's Information and Assistance division at (202) 724-5626.
GROUP MEAL CENTERS BY LEAD AGENCY
East of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative
3732 Minnesota Avenue, NE, DC 20019
(202) 397-7300 Fax: (202) 397-7882
Downtown Cluster’s Aging Services
2447 Good Hope Road SE, DC 20020
(202) 610-6103 Fax: (202) 610-6108
WEEKEND HOT MEALS
This center provides congregate meals and other supportive services on weekends to seniors.
Weekend Meal Program
Washington Seniors Wellness Center
3001 Alabama Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Tel: (202) 581-9355
Free Medical Screening Howard University Hospital is offering free colonoscopies to uninsured or underinsured D.C. residents age 50 to 64. For more information, call 202-865-7741.
Transportation Services - The Washington Elderly Handicapped Transportation Service. Provides basic transportation for seniors who cannot access traditional transportation systems. Arrangements are made to transport elderly persons to essential medical appointments, dialysis sessions, appointments with public benefits agencies (Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, SSI, Social Security) and banking institutions, etc. To use the service, people must contact the Lead Agencies that serve the wards where they live.
Washington Elderly Handicapped Transportation Service
2601 18th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Contact: (202) 715-7649
Call 'N' Ride Transportation Program
Provides a discount door-to-door taxicab transportation service for senior citizens, age 60 and over. Participants contact the Lead Agency serving their ward to obtain coupons for the taxi ride at a reduced cost. Seniors may use the coupons for any transportation purpose. The amount of the discount is based on a sliding fee scale.
Call 'N' Ride Transportation Program
2601 18th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Contact: (202) 715-7652
Are You A Homebound District Resident?
Healthy@Home: The Help You Need to Stay Safe and Healthy In Your Home.
If you live in Ward 7 or 8 and have a serious illness or disability, Healthy@ Home will come to your home to offer: a free seasonal flu shot, application for energy assistance (LIHEAP), referrals to food, health care, and related programs, and planning for emergency preparedness.
Healthy@Home is run by Family & Medical Counseling Service, Inc., a non-profit community-based human services and health care agency in Ward 8, in partnership with the District Department of the Environment’s REACH Campaign. Support comes from the DC Department of Health, Community Health Administration.
Questions? Ready to arrange a home visit? Call Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. at (202) 889-7900.
The DC ADRC assists the District’s elderly, persons with disabilities, their caregivers, and their families in maximizing independence and improving quality of life by linking people with a range of quality services.
1134 11th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 724-5626
TTY: (202) 724-8925
Toll Free: (877) 919-ADRC (2372)
If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. (And according to the website it is not just for breast cancer patients or chemo but active cancer treatment.)
All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.
LINK TO WEBSITE: CLEANING FOR A REASON
Please pass this information on to bless a woman going through Breast Cancer or other chemo treatment. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It’s our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.
The New Freedmen's Clinic (NFC) is a FREE student-run, attending supervised healthcare initiative which aims to serve the underserved and uninsured residents of Washington, D.C. The clinic project is named after Freedmen's Hospital (1862-1975), the first post-Civil War hospital opened in Washington, DC for newly emancipated Southern slaves. As the largest student-driven community service initiative at Howard University College of Medicine, the New Freedmen's Clinic hopes to reduce health disparities by providing quality healthcare service to the needy and indigent population of our community. Howard University's College of Medicine established its Student-Run Free Clinic in hopes to mobilize its medical students and medical professionals to help underserved and uninsured groups in the Howard University community and beyond.
The New Freedmen's Clinic (NFC) will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday.
Initially, the clinic will be for adults only.
Each Monday, four medical students, overseen by two Howard University Hospital physicians, will treat patients by appointment and those referred to them by the hospital’s Emergency Department.
For an appointment, call 202-540-0563.
Services provided - -
Screening Tests - diabetes, cholesterol, HIV/AIDS
Mental Health Disorders
Howard University Towers Bldg
2041 Georgia Ave NW
LINK TO WEBSITE: NEW FREEDMEN'S CLINIC - FREE CLINIC
The DC Food Finder is an interactive online map of food resources sponsored by Healthy Affordable Food for All (HAFA), a local coalition of advocates, service providers and local food activists working to increase access to healthy, affordable food in all D.C. neighborhoods.
MyHealthyDC.com - Helping Washingtonians get healthy. Join our Wellness Program. Located at numerous locations around the Washington Metropolitan area including: Everlasting Life Wellness Center & Vegan Cafe, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in NE Washington DC, Hillcrest Recreation Center in S.E., Emery Recreation Center, Lamond Recreation Center in N.W., and other locations.
Our goal is a healthier, happier, community through our Step up to Strength Vitality and Wellness Programs and the daily frontline treatment of illness by our dedicated Health Care Provider’s.
MyHealthyDC.com is dedicated toward helping DC Residents get healthy with our Wellness program.
• General Medicine
• Diabetes Healthy Living
• Weight management Most Insurance plans accepted Alliance, Americgroup,Medicaid, Medicare / Unison BlueCross/Aetna
• Confidential Testing & Treatment for Sexually transmitted Illnesses & HIV / AIDS
• Asthma / COPD / Quit Smoking
• Health Physicals
The Program Includes:
* Health & Wellness Screenings:
* Nutrition Plans & Healthy Food Choices:
* Work Out 4 times per week & receive Free Monthly Reiki or Massage Therapy
Give Your Health 45 minutes a day to:
* Help Maintain a Healthy Weight
* Improve Strength Vitality & Wellnes
* Strengthen Your Heart & Improve Circulation
* Reduce Stress and Build Overall Health
All Fitness Classes at No cost to you* All fees billed to available insurance
Classes Must have 10 Registered persons to proceed
See also this link for additional information: Link for My Health DC Wellness Program
For those of you with Android phones or iPhones, you can now download DC Library eBooks to your devices. Please go to: Download Website
Federal City Recovery Services
6101 Dix Street, NE, Washington, D.C.,202 450-4906
316 F St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, 202 548-2505
ALL men and women residents in the District of Columbia are invited to register for FREE Support Services that will assist in removing any and all barriers that prevent them from employment, training and/or housing
Some of the services offered are:
• Individualized Case Management
• Employment Training and Certification
• Various Counseling Services
• Job Training and Placement
• and MUCH, MUCH MORE
• TRANSITIONAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE
• Transportation Assistance
• Recovery Support
Intake dates are done from 9:30 until 1:00pm Mon.-Fri. Please contact Ms. Underwood/Ms. Adams (202) 450-4906 or Ms.Williams (202) 557-0069 if you have any questions.
My name is Alisha Felder and I work for an organization called the District of Columbia College Access Program(DC-CAP). The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), a non-profit organization funded by Washington-area companies and foundations, encourages and enables DC public high school students to enter and graduate from college. With corporate and foundation support, DC-CAP provides assistance to those students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend and graduate from college by providing the following:
Individual and group counseling
College information resource centers
College application assistance
Financial aid assistance
College student support services
"Last dollar" award scholarships
All DC public high school students are eligible for DC-CAP assistance and support. The program, located in the heart of the District, also places onsite advisors throughout the city's school system to provide on-going counseling with regard to the importance of higher education as well as financial aid information.
DC-CAP will work with DC public high school graduates for up to five years after high school graduation to make sure they are able to complete their college education. Each year, DC-CAP College Retention Advisors will assess the student's academic progress and financial resources, then help them plan (academically and financially) for their next year of college.
The Alpha Leadership Project(ALP) is a program that focuses on the engagement of young male students in several DC Public High Schools. We provide each young male with a MALE mentor. ALP currently operates in five(5) DC Public High Schools. The schools are Dunbar, Coolidge, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Spingarn. The Project Director, Mr. Nelson would like to have a meeting with you regarding the Program’s mission and goals.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or if you know someone who would like to be a Mentor, please fill out the attached application and fax it to the number below. I have also attached a fact sheet about our organization. You may email me back here, or call me on the numbers below to schedule a date and time.
Click here for the ALP Factsheet: "ALP FACTSHEET"
Click here for the ALP Application:"ALP APPLICATION"
Alisha D. Felder
Alpha Leadership Project
District of Columbia College Access Program
1029 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington DC, 20005
Phone (202) 783 - 2716 Direct Dial
Phone (202) 783 -7933 Main Line
Mobile (202) 297-1618
SeniorWorks II is a structured internship program for District seniors seeking short-term volunteer opportunities and assignments working in public and private agencies, sponsored by the DC Office on Aging. Part-time volunteer internship assignments are generally limited to three months or less, with a small stipend provided to defray the intern/volunteer's travel and other workplace expenses.
Older Workers Employment and Training Program
The program provides employment and training opportunities for District residents 55 years of age and older. Services emphasize the development of employment and training opportunities through job search assistance workshops, on-the-job training, job development, and placement and classroom skills training. The Office is an active one-stop partner in the District of Columbia Workforce initiative.
DC Office On Aging
One Judiciary Square
441 Fourth Street, NW
Ninth Floor - South Room 950
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 724-3662
Fax: (202) 724-4979
Ages 18-24 Free IT Training
Free IT Training for 18-24 year olds who live in the DC, MD, or VA. If you know any one with a high school diploma or a GED who are between the ages of 18-24 yrs old and have an interest in IT. Refer them to this site: Website
To learn more about this free program. This program asks for a 1 year commitment between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. They provide the student with a stipend and after six months, internships at companies such as Freddie Mac and AOL to name a few.
About Year Up
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate apprenticeship.
Our success is our graduates -- enabling them to move on to full-time employment and higher education. Year Up is about providing opportunities for urban young adults to demonstrate their true potential.
We have achieved excellent results to date:
100% placement of qualified students into apprenticeships
83% student retention
90% of apprentices meet or exceed apprenticeship partner expectations
87% of graduates placed in full or part-time positions within 4 months of graduation
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The EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application allows students to apply to thirty five black colleges at once and pay a one time fee of only $35.
The use of the EDU, Inc. Online Application increases educational options by allowing students to receive acceptance letters, financial aid packages, and scholarship offers from several different colleges.
To date, over 80,000 students have used the services provided by EDU, Inc.
LINK TO WEBSITE: EDU, Inc. COMMON BLACK COLLEGE APPLICATION
Experience Corps/DC seeks new volunteers 55 and older to work one-on-one with children in DC elementary schools during this school year. Volunteers are needed to tutor first, second and third graders in reading five hours a week during the school day. Some volunteers also provide classroom assistance and receive a small stipend. No teaching experience is needed; just the belief that children are our future. Training and supervision are provided.
For more information please contact:
VACANT LOTS - Vacant lots often attract illegal dumping, which attracts rats and mosquitoes, if standing water is present. Children playing on these lots also can be injured. DPW works with other government agencies to keep these properties clear of weeds and trash. If you see a vacant lot in need of clearing, please call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311. Property owners usually are given two weeks to resolve a problem after they receive notice. If action is not taken, DPW will clean the site and bill the property owner for the work.
ILLEGAL DUMPING - Washington, DC has a no tolerance position toward illegal dumping and urges residents to help spread the word. DPW, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department, is offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of each illegal dumper.
SWEEP inspectors patrol their assigned areas daily on the lookout for sanitation violations, such as illegal dumping.
If you spot trash or piles of debris that are not in proper containers (or they are set out in an otherwise unsanitary manner), not at a proper point of collection, or on a vacant lot or public property, please call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311 and provide the following information:
•The location (street, alley, vacant lot, etc. with an address, if possible) of the dumping.
•Make, model and license tag number of the vehicle used to carry the item(s) to the site.
•Time and date when the dumping occurred.
•What kind of materials were dumped.
A DPW SWEEP inspector will investigate the dumping and make arrangements for clean-up.
District Grass and Weed Regulations
District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height. Failing to adhere to the rule could lead to fines of more than $500. Between May 1 and October 31, DCRA can immediately mow properties and issues fines.
DCRA will be hanging "door knocker" reminders at properties where the grass height is getting close to the threshhold to try to encourage voluntary compliance before the city has to intervene.
Tall grass can trigger respiratory problems like asthma and allergies in District residents and rats and other vermin are also drawn to the over-growth. This holds serious public health implications.
DCRA regulates several types of excessive vegetative growth including: kudzu, poison ivy, oak and sumac, plants with obnoxious odors, weeds, grasses causing hay fever, and any weed growth that creates a breeding place for mosquitoes. Regulations require that these weeds be cut after no more than seven days of growth.
Weeds may be defined as any vegetation at any state of maturity that:
* Exceeds more than 10 inches in height, is untended, or creates a dense area of shrubbery that is a detriment to the health, safety and welfare of the public;
* Creates a harbor (including hiding places for persons), or provides a place to conceal refuse or trash, regardless of height; * Develops into deposits, or accumulation of, refuse or trash;
* Harbors rodents and vermin or provides a refuge for snakes, rats or other rodents;
* Creates an unpleasant or noxious odor;
* Constitutes a fire hazard; or
* Contains grass or weeds that are dead and diseased.
Failure to comply with a Notice of Violation during the growing season may result in DCRA cleaning the property and billing the owner for cost of the cleanup. Residents should report suspected violations to DCRA at (202) 442-9557 (choose option 6).
Residents can also send Tweets to @dcra - include photos if you'd like - of properties with grass and/or weeds exceeding 10 inches. Please try to get exact address before making a complaint.
Report a Vacant Property - The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has exclusive authority to identify, register and classify vacant buildings. DCRA regularly monitors the District's more than 185,000 properties and investigates complaints from residents and referrals from other agencies and organizations. Below is a brief summary of the program, but we encourage everyone to ready the complete guide to ensure compliance with the new regulations.
In determining whether a building is vacant, DCRA must consider whether the building has:
•low or no utilities usage;
•an accumulation of mail;
•a lack of furniture or window coverings;
•deferred maintenance, including loose or falling gutters, severe paint chipping, or overgrown grass;
•been the subject of neighbor complaints about the property; and
•been boarded up.
An owner of a vacant building must register the building with DCRA within 30 days after it becomes vacant. In situations where a property owner fails to register a building and DCRA receives a complaint about the building being vacant, a DCRA inspector will visit the property twice within a 45-day period to make a determination of vacancy. Once the vacancy determination has been made, DCRA mails a registration notice to the vacant building’s owner of record, as listed in the OTR real property tax records.
If you believe a property is vacant is would like to report it to the Office of Vacant Property (OVP), please call 311.
Customers are encouraged to call (202) 442-4332 for an update on the property's status or email email@example.com.
For more information about Vacant Lots Click Here: DCRA Vacant Lots Website
The District Department of the Environment has launched a new program for District residents called Riversmart Homes. This program offerS incentives to homeowners interested in reducing stormwater pollution from their properties. Homeowners receive up to $1,200 to adopt one or more of the following landscape enhancements:
Above Ground Cisterns/Rain Barrels
The program provides the contractors to do the work. For more information about the DDOE's RiverSmart Homes program contact:
District Department of the Environment
Watershed Protection Division
On Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Councilmember Alexander cohosted a meeting with DC Water General Manager George Hawkins to discuss the pressing issues in Ward 7. Residents came out in great numbers to express their concerns about the quality of water and customer service that DC Water provides. Hawkins assured the community that he would look into the matters that were brought up during the meeting. Residents were also advised to take advantage of the free water testing kits if they believed their drinking water was not safe.
In order to receive a free water testing kit, one can contact Customer Service at (202) 354-3600 . The agency will deliver a kit to you within three to five business days and explain the process of collecting several water samples to test your water.
Tree Rebate increased for large canopy trees
Casey Trees has enhanced its Tree Rebate program and will now offer rebates up to $100 per tree to individuals who plant large canopy trees on private property in the District. Seven genus and 27 species — mostly native hickories and oaks — qualify for the increased rebate. Rebates of up to $50 per tree will continue to be available for small and medium canopy trees.
“By offering an increased rebate amount, we hope to incentivize residents and business owners to plant more large-canopy trees because they provide greater environmental benefits,” said Jim Woodworth, Director of Tree Planting.
The program, funded by the District Department of the Environment provides rebates to individuals who purchase and plant a tree in D.C. Rebate requests must be accompanied by a completed coupon pledging to water and care for the tree for a minimum of two years and the tree purchase receipt.
Under the new enhancements, individuals will be able to submit a rebate request for trees planted on nonresidential property in the District. Trees must continue to be planted on private property and not on public property such as in street tree boxes, triangle parks or traffic circles. The maximum of three trees per property has also been eliminated.
Invasive species and ash trees should not be planted and do not qualify for the rebate. Dwarf trees and shrubs are also ineligible. Additional information, including complete program guidelines, a full tree selection list and participating nurseries, and printable Tree Rebate coupons are available online at: Visit the website at: CASEY TREE REBATE
DHCD’s Lead Safe Washington Program provides grant funds to eligible single and multi-family owners whose properties have lead-based paint hazards. DHCD will work with the property owner to remediate the lead hazards so that the property is lead-safe.
For more information: DCHCD Lead Safe Website
Or call (202) 442-7279 for more information on the Lead Safe Washington.
Home fire safety inspections are available by appointment. These home inspections are conducted as a courtesy of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Department's Firefighting Division.
They will look for overloaded outlets, working smoke detectors, unobstructed exit routes from your home, and good visibility from the street. A copy of the inspection findings will be given to the resident along with suggestions. A follow-up appointment may also be requested.
Our goal in providing this service is to make sure that your home is as free of fire hazards as possible. Call (202) 673-3331 for an appointment.
GET FREE SMOKE DETECTORS FOR YOUR HOME
The A’sia Sutton Smoke Alarm Giveaway and Installation Program is a DC Fire and EMS Department District-wide initiative to ensure that all District of Columbia homes have working smoke alarms. We are convinced that working smoke alarms are the single most important appliance in the home because they have been proven to save lives.
Statistics shows that most fire fatalities occur in homes where either no smoke alarms were present or those that were present, did not operate properly. In 2009 alone, the District lost 19 residents due to home fires. Statistics show that working smoke alarms in homes can substantially reduce the risk of fire death in residential fires.
The requirements for receiving a smoke alarm are:
• You must live in the District of Columbia and show proof of residency.
• You must be a homeowner and living in that home (not rental property).
• The Department will install Smoke Alarm.
Smoke alarms may be requested by calling 202.727.1600.
For more information:
WEBSITE FOR FREE SMOKE DETECTORS
The District Department of the Environment is offering free radon test kits and window decals for residents. Residents who have tested their homes for radon with results below EPA's action guideline will received a "PASSED" radon window decal. DDOE hopes that these window decals will encourage residents to test their homes for radon. The National Academy of Science estimates that radon causes between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, and that 12 percent of all lung cancer deaths are linked to radon. To receive your free radon test kit, call the Radon Hotline at (202) 535-2302 or sign up online at: DDOE Radon Link
The only way to know is to test, so test your home for radon today.
DDOE can help you with your energy and utility bills. We have financial assistance, discounts and late bill forgiveness programs.
Services for Low-Income Residents
•Get help paying your utility bills
•Get discounts on your utility bills
•Get help weatherizing your home
•Free Home Energy Audits
For more information and applications: ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND WEATHERIZATION WEBSITE
The Housing Finance Agency(HFA) received $20 million from the Treasury (left over TARP Bank bailout funds) and created a program that will pay 100% of the qualified homeowner's mortgage. This new program, which launches in Wards 5,7 and 8 on January 18, 2011 and citywide on April 12, 2011 and projected to end in 2015 will provide:
1) a one-time payment of up to three months for residents that are mortgage delinquent
2) Pay up to 15 months of mortgage payment including PITI, home owner dues
3) a one-time payment of up to six months of mortgage delinquency in order to allow the homeowner to catch up on their mortgage.
The funds will be paid directly to the mortgage service provider and not given to the homeowner. The borrower must be a District resident on the deed and mortgage. If two people are on the deed and mortgage and one is unemployed, the family still qualifies for the program. The borrower must either be receiving unemployment through DOES or have recently drawn unemployment through DOES. The unemployment can be from DC, MD, VA or other states. The borrower must also be actively seeking employment. Currently unemployment is for 99 weeks and the payment from this program will assist during that period. If the unemployment benefits end during the 15 month period, the mortgage payments will continue. However, the homeowner cannot be in foreclosure or actively in bankruptcy.
The loan will be non-recourse and forgiven over five years. The loan amount will be reduced over the five year period at 20% per year. If during the five year period the property is either sold or refinanced, the loan must be repaid.
In order to apply, homeowners must go through one of five pre-selected housing counseling agencies that are funded through HFA. Please visit the HFA Website for further questions and more details: HFA Website
WHAT IS DC POLICE ALERT?
DC Police Alert enables the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to notify you quickly about crimes in your neighborhood that may affect you, your home or your business.
With DC Police Alert, the MPD can send emergency alerts, notifications and updates to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA and/or e-mail account. All you have to do is sign up at https://textalert.ema.dc.gov/register.php.
How Does DC Police Alert Work?
When you sign up for DC Police Alert you can enter an address or choose a point of interest on the registration map. Then, when an incident occurs in your area, the MPD will send you a DC Police Alert message informing you about what has happened and giving you instructions about what to do.
You will receive messages on the devices you specified when you set up your account – an email message to your computer or a text message to your cell phone, BlackBerry or pager. Read these messages promptly and follow the instructions.
Please Remember: Do not take action on your own -- call 911!
What type of alerts will be sent?
You will receive alerts on serious crimes and critical missing persons with established command posts.
Will the service cost me anything?
The District of Columbia government does not charge a fee for this service. It’s free! However, your wireless carrier may charge you a fee to get messages on your cell phone or wireless device. Contact your carrier to find out how much these messages may cost you under your current plan. You can choose to stop getting messages at any time.
What are we expecting you to do?
When crime occurs in your community, the sooner police learn about it, the quicker they can respond. Since rapid police response increases the likelihood of a crime being solved with an arrest or the gathering of important evidence in a crime, taking action to report what you know is vital to a case being closed. Most arrests occur within minutes of a crime, not hours after it is reported. If you have actionable information regarding a crime CALL 911 DO NOT TAKE ACTION ON YOUR OWN!
It is important to note, however, that details of a crime can be difficult to ascertain at first glance. The information can be mis-categorized or a certain element recorded inaccurately in the initial reporting of the crime. In those instances where the first report of a crime contains erroneous information, a follow-up message will be relayed to provide updated details."
Stay Informed! Protect yourself, your family, your home or your business.
Be aware of crimes in your area.Sign up for free at: http://72hours.dc.gov Just click on hthe "DC Police Alert" icon in the top ribbon.
Alert DC is the District of Columbia’s multi-part citizen emergency notification system that includes DC Text Alert, DC Voice Alert, DC Police Alert, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the 72hours.dc.gov emergency information website.
E-mail account (work, home, other)
Click the following link and register for Alert DC: DC Police Alert Link