1st Meeting of Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team

September 20, 2016

CPCA overview –Opportunities and concerns raised during brainstorming session

  • Community relations
    • Important that there be opportunities for families to be part of the community and for community to be involved
    • Need guidance re how community can help
  • Community impacts need to be considered
    • Impact on police operations
    • Impact on John Eaton school, enrollment and funding
    • Traffic/parking concerns, including related to service providers
    • Total number of people expected to be part of shelter, including service providers
    • Need more information about what kinds of families will come to shelter
  • Facility operation
    • What and how programs will be provided /response by HHS
    • This will be by competitive RFP by city
    • Wide variety of social services planned – more specific information promised
    • On-site child care facility? – decision may already have been made
    • 24-hour staffing and security will be provided
    • Long-term maintenance of facility will be provided
  • Length of stay – Questions raised but not answered
    • What are plans for moving families into longer-term housing?
    • What is availability of affordable housing in DC?
  • Role of Advisory Committee
    • Desire expressed not to be confined to physical appearance of building but to be able to look at facility more broadly — form follows function!
    • Zeilinger responded: “We can absolutely discuss what features will make a successful program and environment for families and the community.”

Official notes can be found at http://dmhhs.dc.gov/page/ending-homelessness-district-columbia

New Hot Topic: Idaho Avenue Shelter

In August, CPCA was invited by the DC Department of Health and Human Services to name 3 members to the “Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team.”  Our representatives are Ruth Caplan, Pamela Korbel, and Ann Hamilton.  Reports of meetings and key developments are being posted under Hot Topics – Idaho Ave. Shelter.

Key facts:

  • Ward 3 site location: 3320 Idaho Ave adjacent to District 2 police station
    • established by act of City Council which requires use of city-owned land
    • every ward either has an existing (Ward 2) or planned facility
  • BZA zoning hearing has not yet been scheduled
  • Construction currently projected to start June 2017
  • Construction completion projected for December 2019
  • Official website with updates  mayor.dc.gov/homewarddc

ANC Candidates Forum

We want to be sure you know about our upcoming ANC3C Candidates Forum on Thursday evening, October 20. After a packed meeting at the library last week on “Connecticut Ave: Planning to Avoid Gridlock,” it is clear that what happens in our community is of real concern to local residents.  Advisory Neighborhood Commissions play an important role as an intersection between us in our neighborhoods and city agencies and the DC Council.

It is a sign of a vibrant local democracy that there are two candidates running for each of two of the positions on our ANC3C.  With the closing of the Cleveland Park Library for reconstruction, we will be holding this meeting at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church.

ANC Candidates Forum

ANC3C-05 Margaret Siegel & Emma Hersch

ANC3C-09 Nancy MacWood & Bob Ward

Thursday, October 20 

7:00 – 8:30 pm

CPCA Business Meeting

Approval of Budget and Work Plan

6:30 to 7:00 pm

Cleveland Park Congregational Church

corner of 34th and Lowell Streets

Be sure to mark your calendar and think about what questions you would like to ask.

We look forward to seeing you on October 20th.

With best wishes,  Ruth

Ruth Caplan, President, and the CPCA Board

Connecticut Ave: Planning to Avoid Gridlock

Connecticut Ave: Planning to Avoid Gridlock

Beach Drive diversion/Library reconstruction/

Water management/Streetscape

Fitting it all together with NPS, DDOT, DC Library, CM Mary Cheh 

Thursday, September 22    7:00 – 8:30 pm

CPCA Business Meeting

Plans for coming year/your ideas

6:30 to 7:00 pm


Cleveland Park Library – 2nd floor meeting room