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Capitol Hill Group Ministry featured on 
Popular PoPville Blog!

Earlier this month, CHGM was thrilled to be featured on the popular DC Blog, PoPville, with a "Pop-ed" written by one of our Service Never Sleeps fellows, Korrin Bishop. The piece responded to a previous post on PoPville, in which the author and those commenting on it discussed feeling unsafe walking outside Union Station due to "people who appear to be suffering from mental issues, drug addiction, and homelessness loitering outside," and wondering what could be done about it. Korrin proposed a variety of ways in which people can engage with their homeless neighbors and/or become part of efforts to end homelessness. Her piece sparked a lively discussion among other Popville readers. Read her Pop-ed here and let us know what you think.  

Shirley's Place Gets a Facelift!
Meet Our Team at Shirley's Place!

Bathroom Reno
Before and After!


CHGM has previously reported on significant improvements and upgrades we made to Shirley's Place after receiving a generous grant from the Edward L. Anderson, Jr. Foundation. Those renovations included brick repainting, repairing water damage and rusted wrought iron stairs and railings, installing upgraded lighting, a new water heater, and fresh paint. After receiving a renewal grant from the Anderson Foundation in December, we were able to tackle additional improvements.

Last month, we completed phase two of our renovations. We remodeled the second floor bathroom, replacing the old bathtub and shower with a walk-in shower with a built-in seat. For the first time, guests with disabilities that prevent them from getting in and out of a traditional bathtub or standing to shower can use our facilities like everyone else. We rounded out the bathroom upgrades with a new vanity and toilet more appropriate for heavy, public use. In addition to the bathroom renovation, we were able to replace the worn out second floor carpet with hardwood floors that are are easier to maintain and keep clean, and can withstand the high volume of foot traffic through the Day Center.

We are so grateful to The Edward L. Anderson, Jr. Foundation for their generous support of CHGM and the work we do at Shirley's Place. Next time you are in the area, stop by to sa y hello and see how good we look after our recent facelift!

If you would like to support our programming at Shirley's Place, you can do so by purchasing any of the items on CHGM's Amazon Wishlist, contacting Abby Sypek at sypek@chgm.net to become a volunteer, or donating funds to CHGM through our website or by mailing a check to our administrative office at  421 Seward Square, SE Washington, DC 20003.
Progress and Conflict Over Plans 
to Close DC General

The DC City Council was busy this month. In addition to working on the FY17 budget, they also worked on revisions to the Mayor's proposed legislation that would enable the DC General Family Shelter to be closed and replaced with smaller shelters across seven of the city's eight wards. The Council's version of the bill would change the shelter sites in Wards 3, 5 and 6 to city-owned properties and would purchase the proposed sites in Wards 1 and 4 or acquire them through eminent domain. Instead of leasing five of the seven shelter sites, the city would own all seven properties, saving the District $165 million. Under the amended plan, the costs of property acquisition and construction would be paid for from the city's capital budget, requiring delays to some school modernization plans. The Council voted unanimously in support of the amended legislation, though a second vote is required before it can become law.

The Mayor's office has expressed displeasure over several of the Council's changes to the original plan. In particular, the administration has voiced concern over the revised plan requiring a delay to school modernization. Mayor Bowser also fears that the Council's revisions would come at the expense of closing DC General before the beginning of hypothermia season in the Fall of 2018.

CHGM feels strongly that DC General must be closed as soon as possible and be replaced by smaller, healthier, and more humane shelters across the city. We are excited to see major progress toward this goal after years of inaction and are optimistic that the Council and the administration will agree on a final plan that will enable these goals to be met in an expeditious and 
financially responsible way.

UPCOMING CHGM EVENTS

Become a HART Volunteer!
Join us for one of our upcoming trainings to learn how you 
can help our homeless neighbors stay safe throughout the year.
Tuesday, June 21st, 6:30 pm
Capitol Hill United Methodist Church.
Contact Abby at sypek@chgm.net  o RSVP Here !

Action Hour Meetings
Join our advocacy group made up of housed and unhoused DC residents! 
Tuesday, June 14th and June 28th at 1:30 pm
Church of the Brethren Nutrition Program - 337 North Carolina Ave SE (enter on 4th Street)
No RSVP necessary.  Contact Abby at  sypek@chgm.net  for more information.


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