DC Councilmember Anita Bonds: Community Update- Budget Approved!

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Washington, D.C. Neighbors,

BUDGET APPROVED

On Tuesday, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously approved the Budget Support Act which is necessary to statutorily align the programs and policies with the $17.5 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Budget and Financial Plan we approved last week. The budget includes Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan and similar COVID relief and recovery programs. The approved budget enhances our education system with a 3.6% increase in per pupil funding, increased salaries for child care workers, and provides funding for a Librarian in each school, supports health equity by continuing to invest in two new hospitals being built at Howard and St. Elizabeth’s, increases mental health and substance abuse funding, assists residents, excluded workers, and businesses in their economic recovery, and expands transportation and environmental projects to keep the District at the forefront of clean and renewable energy technologies.

The budget also makes a record investment for affordable housing programs, including $400 million (over two years) for the Housing Production Trust Fund, $50 million for public housing repairs, and $17.7million for housing preservation. This budget also includes unprecedented funding supporting homelessness services and will provide permanent housing for 3,000 people experiencing homelessness.

Moreover, the budget reflects the Council’s goal of continuing police reform efforts such as the phased removal of officers in our schools and alternative policing methods like diverting 911 call to mental health professionals while simultaneously increasing the number of officers and cadets. To help reduce the increase in gun violence and murders, this budget provides nearly $100 million for gun violence prevention programs, including Building Blocks DC, The Office of Neighborhood and Safety Engagement violence interrupter program and the Office of the DC Attorney General’s Cure the Streets initiative.

GET VACCINATED AT HOME

If you have not done so, it’s not too late to receive the COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccine. In fact, you may now get vaccinated from the privacy of your own home! Previously, only homebound residents were able to receive a shot at home but DC Health has opened the program to all residents. Unvaccinated residents can schedule an appointment by calling DC Health at (855) 363-0333.

Additionally, DC has walk-up vaccination sites across the District for all residents 12 years and older to get vaccinated without having to make an appointment in advance. You can find more information about vaccination sites and promotional giveaways at vaccinate.dc.gov.  Remember, DC Heath has issued new guidance on where masks are required and by whom.

As always, staff and I are available to assist you, so don’t hesitate to call 202-724-8064 or email me at abonds@dccouncil.usTo reach the newsletter editor, David Meadows with comments, information, ideas, etc. send your email to dmeadows@dccouncil.us.

With much appreciation,

Anita

ANITA IN THE COMMUNITY

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On August 2, Councilmember Anita Bonds joined government officials and community members at the opening of a new Stay DC walk-in help center in Ward 8 for residents struggling to make rent and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The opening highlighted DHCD’s new Housing Resource Center which will have 10 computer stations available for residents to complete applications for the Sat Dc program. Additionally, the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs is providing in-person application assistance in Spanish (Monday through Friday).

The Housing Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm at 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020.

In-person services will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and appointments are encouraged for residents wishing to apply for STAY DC. STAY DC application intake appointments can be made online or by calling DHCD at 202-442-7200 between 8:15am and 4:45pm.

Upcoming Application Assistance Event

Saturday August 14th
Ward 5- Starburst Plaza (1501 Maryland Ave NE)

HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in participating in the STAY DC program, you can apply at stay.dc.gov.

Please visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov for links to resources that can help with other
cost categories not covered by this program.

DC COUNCIL PASSES HISTORIC FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET

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COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

LEGISLATIVE SESSION

On Tuesday, August 3, the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee of the Whole gave final approval to the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget.

At the Tuesday Legislative Session, the Council unanimously gave final approval to the budget with a few additional provisions.

  • $41 million in total aid for excluded workers ($15 million in the original proposed draft budget, $20 million added by the Council at the prior meeting, and a further $6 million added now)
  • $6.1 million for additional violence prevention programs, including funds for the Office of the Attorney General’s Cure the Streets program and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement Leadership Academies and other efforts
  • Funding to hire full-time school librarians at all DC Public Schools that do not currently have one on staff
  • $5 million for new Metropolitan Police Department recruits and cadets
  • $5 million for $500 payments to the DC residents whose unemployment insurance payouts were delayed by sixty or more days
  • Funding for Yards and Canal Park maintenance, staffing for the now-public Roosevelt High School pool, and a roving Ward 7 Clean Team.

This last batch of funded programs builds upon the Council’s transformative budget as passed at the prior meeting, which included:

  • “Baby Bonds” of up to $1,000 a year to be provided to low-income youth at age 18 for educational, entrepreneurial, or property ownership uses
  • Expansion of Paid Family Leave for medical/self-care from two to six weeks
  • Initial steps to expand all three categories of Paid Family Leave (parental, family care, and self-care) to 12 weeks
  • $50 million in public housing repairs
  • Providing stable housing for over 3,500 residents facing homelessness or precarious housing
  • Provide increased wages to infant and toddler educators at childcare providers
  • Expand DC’s Earned Income Tax Credit, later be paid out a a monthly basic income
  • Breaking up the dysfunctional Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs into a construction-oriented Department of Buildings and a consumer-oriented Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection
  • Pilot funding for the Generating Affordability in Neighborhoods (GAIN) Act, to allow for conversion of unaffordable housing into affordable housing using funded covenants
  • Funding for the creation of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children, the Office on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing, and the Deputy Auditor for Public Safety, a recommendation of the Police Reform Commission
  • $80 million in additional relief for hotels, restaurant, and small businesses
  • Civil legal services for low-income individuals facing eviction and loss of services

Provided by Council of the District of Columbia

COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION

The Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Housing and Executive Administration is now on Twitter and YouTube to keep you informed of important committee business.

Please follow us at twitter.com/COHEA_DC.

You may view the committee’s hearings, roundtables, and sessions on our YouTube page at

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RESTAURANT WEEK THIS WEEKEND

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Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week heats up the region starting Monday, August 9 through Sunday, August 15 at 230+ restaurants across the region!

Dine out and eat up with indoor and outdoor options, or at home with delivery or takeout options from 100+ participating locations.

Our local restaurants are here for you with safe spaces to enjoy and experience Restaurant Week!

Book your tables!

Visit RWDMV.com to view the list of participating restaurants, dining options, menus* and to book your table or view delivery services by location.

Use the search and sorting features to find restaurants around the region that have a variety of dining, delivery and takeout options.

*Menus are added daily.

WALK-UP VACCINATION SITES

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Beginning Saturday, August 7, on-site prizes are available to youth and their parents at three DC Public Schools: Brookland Middle School, Sousa Middle School, and Johnson Middle School. At these three schools, DC youth aged 12-17 will have the opportunity to receive a $51 VISA Gift card or, while supplies last, a pair of AirPods. Parents or guardians who bring their children to one of these three sites are also eligible to receive one $51 VISA gift card per child vaccinated.

All District youth aged 12-17 who get vaccinated will also be eligible to win an iPad or a $25,000 college scholarship.

Families can also use vaccinate.dc.gov to make an appointment to get their child’s required immunizations at 37 sites across the District, including at Sousa MS.

KIDS RIDE FREE CARDS

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Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards for the 2021-2022 School Year will be available for pickup by students by the first week of school. New students will be given first priority at their schools to pick up new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards. School year 2020-2021 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards (blue cards) will remain valid through September 30, 2021. Students who have lost or misplaced their School Year 2020-2021 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card can request a replacement card from their School ID Administrator.

New cards will be sent directly to all DC Public Schools and DC public charter schools for distribution, allowing families to pick up cards directly from their child’s school. To be eligible for participation in the Kids Ride Free program, each student must be:

  • A resident of Washington, DC; and
  • Age 5 through 21; and

Enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, public charter, private, or parochial school located within the District, or youth in the care of the District.

For additional information and Frequently Asked Questions about the Kids Ride Free program, please visit kidsridefree.dc.gov. Families may also contact their School ID Administrator or the District Department of Transportation’s School Transit Subsidy Program Office at (202) 673-1740.

MUST RENEW DRIVERS LICENSE OR ID BY SEPTEMBER 9

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All DMV Service Centers are open to the public. No appointment necessary!

For online services visit- https://dmv.dc.gov.

FREE LUNCH LOCATIONS NOW OPEN

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Students, seniors and others in need are invited to walk up to any of these refrigerators and help themselves. No questions. No limits.

Visit here for locations! 

By the end of 2021, the goal is to deliver over 500,000 free nutritious meals prepared by local restaurants. Our network of fridges can be found all around DC and soon to be across the nation. Your generous support will help to make it possible.

CELEBRATE CHUCK BROWN DAY – AUGUST 21

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