I haven’t figured out how to send the electronic newsletters directly to the blog, however, here is a cut and paste from the latest Ward 5 Newsletter:
Ward 5 Priorities
- $2.75 million for the New York Avenue Streetscape Project, which will beautify, and enhance vehicular and pedestrian access along one of the District’s most heavily traveled gateways;
- $350,000 for the Ivy City Streetscape Project, a total of $1.35 million invested to create tree boxes, repair sidewalks, and plant trees throughout the neighborhood;
- $150,000 to support Safe Shores, a Ward 5 organization that provides intervention and healing for children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence;
- $105,000 to fund living wage increases for Clean Teams;
- $83,000 a year to provide youth dance programs in Brookland and Edgewood; and
- Continued funding to create a four-acre green space in Eckington.
The Council was able to supplement the Mayor’s proposed budget with an additional $10.1 million in funding to help end homelessness:
- $1.8 million to ensure that another 115 individuals receive intensive housing and services through the Permanent Supportive Housing Program;
- $2.3 million for the Targeted Affordable Housing Program, which will provide long-term vouchers through the Local Rent Supplement Program for an additional 180 chronically homeless individuals;
- $5 million to the Local Rent Supplement Program, which supports tenant-based vouchers to provide affordable housing to 333 families currently on the wait list;
- $500,000 to provide targeted services to minor-headed households experiencing homelessness; and
- $500,000 to eliminate the proposed cut to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”).
- The extension of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit pilot program will give affordable housing developers an opportunity to actually take advantage of the program so that we can determine the viability of a local version of this successful federal tax credit.
Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries
- Through the Budget Support Act, Councilmember McDuffie’s Sidewalk Café Endorsement bill will be enacted. Ward 5 breweries and distilleries are one step closer to having the choice to apply for sidewalk café endorsements this summer.