Update: April 10

Ward 3 Short-Term Family Housing Structure Moving Rapidly

Now that it’s all visible above ground, construction on the Idaho Avenue shelter seems to be moving very fast. It’s well worth a look, and almost certain to generate a Wow! The Concrete Pour is on a cycle of two weeks per floor, and the Pepco Power Transfer has been rescheduled for the week of April 19th. That sounds important. Here is the latest report on the details.

AND we all have a chance to achieve fame by coming up with a name for the building. Here is how to nominate and vote, an opportunity which closes on April 30. With thanks to Angela Bradbery, we know that names selected for other shelters include The Kennedy (Ward 4), The Horizon (Ward 7), and The Triumph (Ward 8). Let’s go, Ward 3!!!

Update: March 26

Progress on Ward 3 Short-Term Family Housing Structure

Here is the latest weekly report on construction progress. The contractors are finished with the foundation system, and they have poured the first-floor slab. The podium slab in progress, which is a big milestone for the project. Underground work on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing is underway. Site grading is being done as weather permits. The PEPCO transformer is coming in April. Substantial completion is currently projected for the end of 2019/early 2020.

And here is the Draft Good Neighbor Protocol, outlining how the shelter will be run. It provides proposed agreements on: Maintenance of the Property, Safety and Security, Conduct and Behavior, Communications and Mutual Respect.

Update: March 1

Ward 3 Homeless Shelter Progressing, if Slowly

Work on the Short-Term Family Housing structure, next to the police station on Idaho Avenue, has been delayed by bad weather, but it is moving slowly ahead. Dump truck traffic continues to deliver stone and soil to the site, hopefully with minimal disruption to neighborhood traffic and to immediate neighbors. For a bit more information, see [link].

Update: November 30

Weekly Update: April 27

February 15 Idaho Avenue Shelter Meeting

February 15 Meeting of Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team Minutes

December 20 Idaho Avenue Shelter Meeting

December 20 Meeting of Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team Minutes

ANC 3C Special Meeting, Tues Jan 31 at 7pm

ANC 3C has scheduled a special community meeting to discuss the Ward 3 Emergency Shelter zoning application on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7pm, at the Second District Police Station. There will be a brief presentation by the city. The meeting is an opportunity for residents to ask questions and to express views about the zoning issues.
The city is requesting zoning variances to build a taller building with more stories that is permitted and to eliminate a required loading dock. In addition, the city is requesting a special exception to provide less on-site parking than required and to provide a shelter for more residents than zoning permits as a matter of right. A hearing at the BZA is scheduled on March 1. The ANC will consider the zoning application at the Feb. 20 public meeting.

Nancy MacWood, Chair, ANC 3C

2nd Meeting of Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team

October 6, 2016

CPCA overview

  • Purpose of meeting was to meet with the newly appointed architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross (ASG).
  • Since no specifics were available, including location of building on site, discussion was very general.
  • Separate meeting with District 2 police department is being planned.
  • Zeilinger clarified that tennis courts and Newark Street Garden were not part of potential site.
  • Issues raised by advisory committee members
    • need full traffic study
    • need zoning study
    • parking is major problem already
    • transportation for children to get to their schools
      • response: they will be taking public transportation
    • height of building and available green space
    • natural screening needed
    • design should blend in with community
    • what housing is available for families leaving the shelter?
    • what is planned for DC General property after families are moved out?

Other issues raised by Laura Zeilinger

  • Need to recognize tradeoffs re what will fit in footprint of site
    • Daycare will not be provided on site because continuity is important for children. Children will be given priority for highest quality daycare programs in city so children should not be moved from these programs to temporary shelter program and lose their slots.
    • Recreation space will be provided on site.
  • 3 meals/day will be provided via meal delivery service
    • DHS has experience with meal deliveries.
  • Issues identified as within the scope of advisory committee input
    • Listening and responding to concerns and questions raised by the community regarding quality of life issues during construction and during program operation including noise, parking, and coming/going of residents and staff.

Next Advisory Committee meeting will be scheduled when architectural renderings are available. Community meeting will also be scheduled by DHHS.

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