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ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN DC ON-GOING
2016 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS ON-GOING
MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER DELIVERS 2015 STATE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ADDRESS 3/1/15 ON-GOING
MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER DELIVERS INAUGURAL ADDRESS 1/2/15 ON-GOING
FINAL REPORT OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION 12/14/14 ON-GOING
MAYOR ELECT MURIEL BOWSER'S PLAN FOR MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER ON-GOING
FISCAL YEAR 2014 ANNUAL REPORT ON ANCs(Published in 2016) ON-GOING
CURRENT AND PROPOSED DC BUDGET ON-GOING
WHAT IS GRADE DC.GOV? ON-GOING
SMART 911 PROGRAM - CREATE A LIFE SAVING SAFETY PROFILE ON-GOING
HISTORY OF DC VOTING RIGHTS ON-GOING
WARD 7 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT ON-GOING
WARD 7 HERITAGE GUIDE ON-GOING
WARD 7 NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE (PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE SE, HILLCREST/SKYLAND, DEANWOOD, EASTCAPITOL STREET/CAPITOL GATEWAY, LINCOLN HEIGHTS/RICHARDSON DWELLING, MINNESOTA & BENNING, PARKSIDE/KENILWORTH) ON-GOING
SHOPPING DEALS FOR SENIORS ON-GOING
DPW ONCE MONTHLY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE - E-CYCING - DOCUMENT SHREDDING DROP-OFF 1st Saturday of each month
DC SPEED CAMERA LOCATIONS ON-GOING

HEALTH NEWS

SUBJECT TARGET DATE
GET THE FACTS ON LEAD ON-GOING
PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE VILLAGE EAST ON-GOING
WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE CAB OPTION ON-GOING
EAT RIGHT WITH COLOR ON-GOING
SENIOR LUNCHEON PROGRAMS AND WEEKEND HOT MEALS ON-GOING
TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS 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

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING NEWS

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DOWNLOAD DC LIBRARY EBOOKS TO YOUR IPHONE OR ANDROID PHONES ON-GOING
FREE IT TRAINING FOR AGES 18-24 YEARS OLD ON-GOING

HOME IMPROVEMENT NEWS

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HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ABOUT AN OVERGROWN VACANT LOT OR ILLEGAL DUMPING ON-GOING
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS ABOUT GRASS AND WEEDS THAT EXCEED 10 INCHES ON-GOING
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS ABOUT A VACANT LOT ON-GOING
RIVERSMART HOMES PROGRAM Until Further Notice
FREE LEAD TEST KITS ON-GOING
CASEY TREE REBATES - INCREASED TO $100.00 FOR LARGE TREES - $50.00 AVAILABLE FOR SMALL TREES. ON-GOING
FUNDING AVAILABLE TO ENSURE HOMES ARE LEAD SAFE Until Further Notice
GET FREE HOME FIRE INSPECTION Until Further Notice
GET FREE SMOKE DETECTORS FOR YOUR HOME Until Further Notice
DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT PROVIDING FREE RADON KITS Until Further Notice
ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND WEATHERIZATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

RECREATION NEWS

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SAFETY NEWS

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SAFETY TIPS FROM THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT On-going
SIGN-UP FOR DC POLICE ALERTS On-going

COMMUNITY NEWS

MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER DELIVERS 2016 STATE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ADDRESS 3/22/16

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

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ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN DC

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

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MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER DELIVERS 2015 STATE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ADDRESS 3/1/15

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

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MAYOR BOWSER DELIVERS INAUGURAL ADDRESS 1/2/15

Mayor Muriel Bowser Delivers Inaugural Address

Click on the link below for the address: REPORT


FINAL REPORT OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION 12/14/14

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


MAYOR ELECT MURIEL BOWSER'S PLAN FOR MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

Muriel Bowser Moving Forward Together: Priorities for the District’s Future

To see the report click here: PLAN


FISCAL YEAR 2014 ANNUAL REPORT ON ANCs (Published in 2016)

Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions To see the report click here: REPORT


CURRENT AND PROPOSED DC BUDGET

Click on the link below to view the file: CURRENT AND PROPOSED DC BUDGET


GRADE DC GOVERNMENT

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
"Grade DC.Gov"


SMART 911 - CREATE A LIFESAVING PROFILE

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:
"Smart 911"


HISTORY OF DC VOTING RIGHTS

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"


WARD 7 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT

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"

"To watch the Summit Video please click here"


WARD 7 HERITAGE GUIDE

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.

"WARD 7 HERITAGE GUIDE"


WARD 7 NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE (PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE SE, HILLCREST/SKYLAND, DEANWOOD, EAST CAPITOL STREET/CAPITOL GATEWAY, LINCOLN HEIGHTS/RICHARDSON DWELLING, MINNESOTA & BENNING, PARKSIDE/KENILWORTH)

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.

"DC PROFILE"


SHOPPING DEALS FOR SENIORS

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.


DPW TO HOLD MONTHLY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE - E-cycling- Document Shredding DROP-OFF

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.


DC SPEED CAMERA LOCATIONS

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


GET THE FACTS ON LEAD

ClicK here to visit the website: All About Lead


PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE VILLAGE EAST

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 Goal

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
•Prescription pickup
•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 rev.ethelwilson@pavillageeast.org


WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE CAB OPTION

New Wheelchair-Accessible Cab Option

Persons using wheelchairs now have access to accessible taxicab. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Scheduling trips can be done online or by phone.

Call (202) 398-0500 or online at: Website


EAT RIGHT WITH COLOR

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 some cancers.
• 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 risk.
• 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 AND WEEKEND HOT MEALS

SENIOR LUNCHEON PROGRAMS
The DC Office on Aging, provides nutritious, well-balanced congregate meals at Group Meal Centers 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.

Or visist the website at: Website


TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS

Transportation Services provided by the DC Office on Aging.

Contact: (202) 724-5622

Or on line at: Website


CLEANING FOR A REASON - FREE CLEANING SERVICE FOR WOMEN UNDERGOING CHEMO

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.


NEW FREEDMEN'S CLINIC - HOWARD UNIVERSITY OPENS FREE CLINIC FOR THE UNINSURED - ALL SERVICES ARE FREE

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
Physical Exams
Wellness Check-ups
Non-Urgent Care
Diagnostic Tests
Mental Health Disorders
Substance Abuse
Domestic Violence
Prescription Medications
Social Services
Interpretation Services
Educational Services

Location:
Howard University Towers Bldg
2041 Georgia Ave NW
Suite 1700C
Washington, DC

LINK TO WEBSITE: NEW FREEDMEN'S CLINIC - FREE CLINIC


DC FOOD FINDER - ONLINE MAP OF FOOD RESOURCES

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.

Healthy Affordable Food for All (HAFA) WEBSITE


DOWNLOAD DC LIBRARY EBOOKS TO YOUR IPHONE OR ANDROID PHONES

For those of you with Android phones or iPhones, you can now download DC Library eBooks to your devices. Please go to: Download Website


YEAR UP - FREE IT TRAINING FOR 18-24 YEAR OLDS

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
$15/hr average wage at placement

CONTACT US
Address:
Year Up, National Capital Region
1560 Wilson Blvd., Suite 350
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone and Fax:
Phone: 703-312-9327
Fax: 703-312-7986


HOW TO REGISTER A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ABOUT AN OVERGROWN VACANT LOT OR ILLEGAL DUMPING

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.


HOW TO REGISTER A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS ABOUT GRASS AND WEEDS THAT EXCEED 10 INCHES

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.


HOW TO REGISTER A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS (DCRA) ABOUT A VACANT PROPERTY

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;
•open accessibility;
•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 vacantproperty@dc.gov.

For more information about Vacant Lots Click Here: DCRA Vacant Lots Website


RIVERSMART HOMES PROGRAM

DOEE’s RiverSmart programs help to reduce stormwater runoff that harms the District’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. RiverSmart programs provide financial incentives to help District property owners install green infrastructure such as rain barrels, green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavement, shade trees, and more. These practices allow rainwater to stay on site and soak into the ground, where natural processes help remove pollutant. Homeowners can receive up to $1,200 to adopt one or more of the following landscape enhancements:

Shade Trees
Above Ground Cisterns/Rain Barrels
Permeable/Porous Pavers
Rain Gardens
Bayscaping

The program provides the contractors to do the work. For more information about the DDOE's RiverSmart Homes program contact:

Department of Energy & Environment
(202) 535-2600

Documents:

RiverSmart Homes Program


FREE LEAD TEST KITS

DC Water offers free lead testing to help residents identify potential lead sources. Lead test kits are delivered to customer households and homeowners are responsible for collecting water samples.

In order to receive a free test kit, contact 202-612-3440. Visit the website for additional information: Website


CASEY TREE REBATES - INCREASED TO $100.00 FOR LARGE TREES

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.

Visit the website at: CASEY TREE REBATE


FUNDING AVAILABLE TO ENSURE HOMES ARE LEAD SAFE

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.


GET FREE HOME FIRE INSPECTION

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.

FREE HOME FIRE INSPECTION WEBSITE


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 202.727.1614

For more information:
WEBSITE FOR FREE SMOKE DETECTORS


FREE RADON TEST KITS

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.


ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND WEATHERIZATION

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


SAFETY TIPS FROM THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

MPD SAFETY TIPS


SIGN-UP FOR DC POLICE ALERTS

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!

Click the following link and register for Alert DC: DC Police Alert Link