Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A May 2021 Meeting Highlights

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A, which serves the Shepherd Park, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights, Crestwood and Colonial Village neighborhoods, held its May public meeting on Tuesday evening.

Reports

Office of the Mayor

Ms. Yamileth Escobar presented the Mayor’s report.  Here were some key items:

  • Lamond Recreation Center is the Ward 4 Walk- up vaccination site.
  • StayDC.gov – Rental assistance: STAY DC is a financial assistance program for D.C. renters and housing providers who are looking for support to cover housing and utility expenses and offset the loss of income. Funding can be used to pay unpaid
    rent going back to April 1, 2020 or pay forward up to 3 months at a time.  Visit StayDC.gov to learn more.
  • City Service Reopening Soon –
    • June 1st – Parking enforcement, street sweeping, towing, vehicles without tags/registration, minor moving violations, residential parking, and parking photo violations will be enforced.
    • July 1st – Booting, DC drivers must display valid credentialing (registration), renewal of application for professional licenses, etc. will begin.

Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George’s Office

Tamira Benitez, Constituent Services Coordinator for Councilmember George, provided this month’s community update.

  • The office is presenting a new interactive website: www.janeeeseward4.com
  • The web site is interactive and provides access to the office’s customer relationship management software.
  • Over 100 residents were vaccinated at the recent clinic held at Emory Fellowship Church on May 1st.
  • The Council is poised to extend the Public Health Emergency to July 15th.
  • The D.C. Council had its first vote on the long-awaited Comprehensive Plan, the document that will guide development in the city for the next 20 years.  Following a series of amendments advocated for by housing activists, the Comp Plan passed the first vote.  A second reading of the bill will take place in the next few weeks.

Ward 4 State Board of Education Representative Frazier O’Leary

Mr. O’Leary provided the following updates:

  • Washington Teacher’s Union President Elizabeth Davis passed away in a car accident last month.  You can learn more about her life and legacy here.
  • This year, students will not have to take the PARCC exams.
  • Schools have been allocated funding from the American Recovery Act. Schools may know their individual allocations by the end of the school year.

Presentations

DC Health Benefits Exchange Authority Lower Premiums

Ms. Purvee Kempf, General Counsel and Chief Policy Advisor for the DC Health Exchange, delivered a metric ton of good news for DC residents who are eligible for one of their plans.  Due to funding made available through the American Rescue Plan, the Exchange is able to offer massively reduced health insurance premiums for 2021, which could provide the average customer savings over $1,800!

There are new, temporary benefits for laid off workers, lower premiums for all residents and FREE COBRA premiums for recently laid off workers! Some residents can receive coverage for as little as $2 per month with no deductibles and low out of pocket costs.

DC residents who had at least one week of unemployment benefits at anytime in 2021 (does not have to be current!) are eligible unless you have other types of coverage.

The special premiums last for the rest of 2021, so the sooner you enroll, the more money you will save!

Please visit this link to learn more.

Walter Reed Update

Victoria Davis, Managing Partner, Hines Urban Atlantic was on hand to provide the latest update on development progress at Walter Reed.  The biggest updates are as follows:

  • Abrams Hall “North” – 54 units of assisted living units are under construction.  Delivery in 2022. 100% referral based.  All other units in Abrams Hall are now occupied.
  • Delivery of the Brooks condominiums started in April. There is currently one resident who has moved in.  40 settlements are scheduled for May. Vale apartments will begin delivery in July.
  • Hartley building: The Whole Foods Grocery will finish construction in June 2022. Once Whole Foods takes delivery, the buildout of the store may take another six months.
  • Arts Park Phase 1 – Dog park and playground at Butternut are under construction.

Office of Campaign Finance

Mr. Wesley Williams visited the Commission to give some early advise for residents who may be considering running for public office during the next election cycle.  DC now has a robust Public Campaign Finance law that provides a 5:1 match for funds raised by individual candidates.  That is a tremendous opportunity for aspiring politicos!  In fact, both Councilmember Lewis George and State Board of Education Representative Frazier O’Leary participated in the program last cycle and (obviously) won their elections.

If you have questions about how the program works, visit www.ocf.dc.gov for details.

Community Notice

The 16th Shepherd Park Citizens Association Garden Tour will take place on May 16th from 2-5 pm. If you would be interested in serving as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Jackson Carnes at Jackson.Carnes@gmail.com. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. This event is free for SPCA members (please use the link to get your complimentary ticket so that we can monitor our attendance per the Mayor’s Order) and $15 for non-members. Click here to purchase your tickets.

About Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4A represents the Ward 4 neighborhoods of Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights, and Crestwood. An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected to two-year terms and serve without pay.

The ANCs’ main job is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government. Although they do not have to follow the ANCs’ advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs’ recommendations “great weight.”

These are the members of ANC 4A:

Single Member District Commissioner Neighborhood Email
4A01 Phyllis Caudle Green Colonial Village 4A01@anc.dc.gov
4A02 Stacey Lincoln Shepherd Park 4A02@anc.dc.gov
4A03 Stephen A. Whatley Shepherd Park/Walter Reed/Brightwood 4A03@anc.dc.gov
4A04 Patience Singleton Brightwood 4A04@anc.dc.gov
4A05 Vacant Brightwood 4A05@anc.dc.gov
4A06 Candace Tiana Nelson Brightwood/16th Street Heights 4A06@anc.dc.gov
4A07 Marlene Moss Brightwood/16th Street Heights 4A07@anc.dc.gov
4A08 Pavan Khoobchandani Crestwood 4A08@anc.dc.gov

Find your ANC here.

Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services Ward 4 Liaisons

Yamileth Escobar – yamileth.escobar@dc.gov | (202) 603-7182

Councilmember Janeese Lewis George’s Office

jlewisgeorge@dccouncil.us

Ward 4 State Board of Education Representative

Frazier O’Leary – oman9@aol.com | 202 236-2184

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