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November 21, 2017 Monthly Meeting

Tuesday November 21, 2017, 7:00 pm
The meeting was held at the Gingras Ecumenical Center, 1419 V Street, NW. 

Board members included Chris Young, Christina Parascandola, and Monika Pamp. Visitors included Tai Meah from the office of CM Nadeau. A quorum was present.

Association Business and Announcements
Annual Post-Holiday Party and January Meeting
We discussed dates and ideas for MHNA’s annual holiday season social event. We discussed holding the event at a local restaurant such as Piola or Judy’s, or the home of a member. Monika Pamp offered her and Daniel’s home. The next regular meeting is scheduled for January 16, 2018. Board members agreed to decide details via email. [NB:  The Board subsequently decided to hold the event January 16 in a member’s home. Please contact Chris or Monika for details or to offer a dish.]

Fundraising and Other Plans for 2018
Meeting participants discussed goals for 2018. In addition to fundraising ideas, suggestions included further liaison and communication with public safety institutions (MPD and NPP), cooperation with Washington Parks and People, and building on the success and momentum of our September historic walking tour.

Harrison Recreation Center
The rec center has been closed since April 2017, with staff reassigned elsewhere, although the playground remained open. At a recent meeting held at MPCS, DPR announced that it is considering a “program partner” agreement with the YMCA to run membership-based programming at the site, replacing the previous free services. Apparently, an application would be available for lower income children to request scholarships. Reaction, both at the earlier meeting and at the MHNA meeting, was skeptical.

New Business
2018 Board Nominations 
Nominations for 2018 Board Members are open. please email suggestions to President@MeridianhillDC.org.  

Ward 1 Short-Term Family Housing Site
The transitional housing facility initially proposed for 10th and V Streets NW (back in February 2016) has a new final proposed location. Tai confirmed that 35 units of short-term family housing, and 15 units of permanent supportive housing for seniors, is slated to be built at 2500 14th St NW, along with improvements to the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center.

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