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February 16th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday February 16, 2016, 7:00 pm
The meeting was held at Moshe Zusman Photography Studio, 2300 14th Street, NW

Introductions and Guests
Members present included Chris Young, Monika Pamp, and Daniel Foster. Others in attendance included Danny Silbert (BEST Kids Mentoring), Claudia Barahona (DC Council), Ben Case (Office of the Mayor / MOCRS) and Nathan Ackerman (ANC 1B).  

BEST Kids Mentoring
Danny Silbert described the BEST Kids mentoring program, which places volunteers in arranged mentoring roles with needy youth in the DC area. It sounds like a well-organized program, offering adults a good opportunity for meaningful interaction with youth facing challenges. For more information see www.bestkids.org.

Emergency Housing at 10th and V Streets NW
The Bowser Administration recently announced a District-wide initiative to close the emergency homeless shelter at DC General, and replace it with smaller emergency housing facilities distributed throughout the District.  The location proposed in Ward 1 is just outside of our boundaries, at 2105 10th St. NW. The proposed short-term housing facility would house up to 30 families, particularly single mothers with children, for 1 – 3 months while waiting for longer-term housing solutions.   While acknowledging some questions (interaction with Garrison Elementary, direct effects on neighbors such as alley usage, and permitting and review requirements, meeting participants generally seemed supportive of the goal of the Mayor’s initiative and felt that local impacts could be addressed.

For more information see http://mayor.dc.gov/homewarddc and http://mayor.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/publication/attachments/Ending-Homelessness-Ward1_r5.pdf

New Business / Announcements
Nathan Ackerman, New Commissioner from ANC 1B 05

  • Mr. Ackerman introduced himself, and described his experience in the community
  • He expressed interest in working with MHNA, particularly on issues surrounding and potential events in Meridian Hill Park

CM Nadeau Progress Report

  • Claudia Barahona distributed an annual Progress Report from CM Nadeau

Spring Beautification Day.

  • Saturday April 23 (the day after Earth Day)
  • Will call 311 for Helping Hands request, and begin other planning

Funk Parade

  • Saturday May 7

Fundraising Ideas

  • We discussed potential fundraising ideas, such as joint Sno Cone stand with SDCA at Pride Parade, online auctions or raffles, etc.

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