Short Term Family Housing in Neighborhoods (DC General replacement). In last minute action before summer recess, the Council passed a plan for short term housing facilities for families who are homeless – one in each of 7 wards ( B21-620 and Committee Report).
The Ward 3 short term housing planned for 3320 Idaho Ave. NW prompted the Ward 3C ANC (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) to pass a Resolution in June unanimously opposing the site. Subsequently on August 23, a group calling itself ‘Neighbors for Responsive Government’ filed a lawsuit with Superior Court asking for “declaratory judgement and injunctive relief” for failing to give the local ANC prior notice on the change in the use of property (3320 Idaho Ave. NW) and thus not allowing them to make recommendations on the use of the property.
The Department of Health and Human Services has convened a Neighborhood Advisory Team for Ward 3 to provide input on the design of the short term facility. All facilities are expected to be ready for occupancy by 2019. The Ward 3 site is the only site with community opposition.
Good Faith, working with the Washington Interfaith Network, supports the short term family housing in Ward 3 and is contacting all 27 faith communities in Ward 3 with information and requesting their show of support through a letter to ANC 3C. These letters will also be submitted at the Zoning Commission hearing. Information handout on the importance of Short term Family Housing – and Ward 3 issues.
Shelter Census, October 20, 2016: 819 families with 1711 children resided in shelter or transitional housing on this date. 1064 single men and women also resided in shelters.