Washington, D.C. Neighbors,
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.
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With much appreciation,
ANITA IN THE COMMUNITY
DC COUNCIL PASSES HISTORIC FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET
COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATION
RESTAURANT WEEK THIS WEEKEND
WALK-UP VACCINATION SITES
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
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:
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
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
Students, seniors and others in need are invited to walk up to any of these refrigerators and help themselves. No questions. No limits.
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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