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LATEST WARD 5 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

May 24, 2024

The District’s outdoor pools and spray parks open for the summer this weekend! Here are the details: 

  • Starting tomorrow, May 25, outdoor pools are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the weekends only (Saturday and Sunday) through Sunday, June 23.
  • Pools will also be open for Memorial DayMay 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Starting Monday, June 24, all outdoor pools will operate on individual summer schedules, six days a week (see schedules here). 
  • DPR pools remain open if it rains as long as lifeguards are able to see the bottom of the pool. Pools close immediately at the first sign of lightning. 

Learn more at DPR’s website here.

Keep in mind that some District government services will be modified on Monday as we observe Memorial Day. You can find a complete list of impacted services at this link, but here’s a quick rundown: 

  • The Department of Public Works (DPW) will not collect household trash and recycling on Monday, May 27. Trash and recycling collections will “slide” one day for the remainder of the week into Saturday. 
  • DC Public Library neighborhood locations and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, May 27. 
  • Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recreation centers, community centers, and indoor aquatic centers will be closed on Monday, May 27. Outdoor pools and spray parks will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Outdoor fields, parks, and playgrounds will be open.
  • All parking enforcement will be suspended on Monday, May 27, except for Streetcar ticketing and towing. 
  • DC Public Schools (DCPS) will be closed on Monday, May 27.
  • All Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations will be closed on Saturday, May 25, and Monday, May 27.

As we head into the long weekend, rapid rehousing and the impending crisis for many residents across the District is top of mind for me. The Family Re-housing and Stabilization Program (FRSP) is the District’s rapid rehousing program, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) has shared that funds for the program are depleted, namely because federal surplus investments have been exhausted. This means that over 2,000 families will be forced to exit the program beginning May 31 unless there is emergency action. I am exploring every option to prevent this forced displacement. I’m told that the Mayor’s team is working with the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) to leverage vouchers for these families; however, DCHA’s next board meeting isn’t until June. To be clear, there is a gap between the forced exit of families from rapid rehousing and the DCHA Board’s vote on whether or not they can leverage vouchers, not to mention likely delays in processing vouchers. This gap could leave families homeless for weeks or even months. I met with Mayor Bowser’s team yesterday to express how unconscionable it would be to put thousands of families out of rapid rehousing, and that we need to do everything we can—even if it means leveraging dedicated funding for migrant services—to avoid this crisis. We cannot allow this stand.

LATEST WARD 5 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Pools Opening, Rapid Rehousing, and Many Community Meetings

May 24, 2024

The District’s outdoor pools and spray parks open for the summer this weekend! Here are the details: 

  • Starting tomorrow, May 25, outdoor pools are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the weekends only (Saturday and Sunday) through Sunday, June 23.
  • Pools will also be open for Memorial DayMay 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Starting Monday, June 24, all outdoor pools will operate on individual summer schedules, six days a week (see schedules here). 
  • DPR pools remain open if it rains as long as lifeguards are able to see the bottom of the pool. Pools close immediately at the first sign of lightning. 

Learn more at DPR’s website here.

Keep in mind that some District government services will be modified on Monday as we observe Memorial Day. You can find a complete list of impacted services at this link, but here’s a quick rundown: 

  • The Department of Public Works (DPW) will not collect household trash and recycling on Monday, May 27. Trash and recycling collections will “slide” one day for the remainder of the week into Saturday. 
  • DC Public Library neighborhood locations and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, May 27. 
  • Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recreation centers, community centers, and indoor aquatic centers will be closed on Monday, May 27. Outdoor pools and spray parks will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Outdoor fields, parks, and playgrounds will be open.
  • All parking enforcement will be suspended on Monday, May 27, except for Streetcar ticketing and towing. 
  • DC Public Schools (DCPS) will be closed on Monday, May 27.
  • All Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations will be closed on Saturday, May 25, and Monday, May 27.

As we head into the long weekend, rapid rehousing and the impending crisis for many residents across the District is top of mind for me. The Family Re-housing and Stabilization Program (FRSP) is the District’s rapid rehousing program, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) has shared that funds for the program are depleted, namely because federal surplus investments have been exhausted. This means that over 2,000 families will be forced to exit the program beginning May 31 unless there is emergency action. I am exploring every option to prevent this forced displacement. I’m told that the Mayor’s team is working with the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) to leverage vouchers for these families; however, DCHA’s next board meeting isn’t until June. To be clear, there is a gap between the forced exit of families from rapid rehousing and the DCHA Board’s vote on whether or not they can leverage vouchers, not to mention likely delays in processing vouchers. This gap could leave families homeless for weeks or even months. I met with Mayor Bowser’s team yesterday to express how unconscionable it would be to put thousands of families out of rapid rehousing, and that we need to do everything we can—even if it means leveraging dedicated funding for migrant services—to avoid this crisis. We cannot allow this stand.

The District faced many challenges in 2023: rising crime, Congressional interference, and looming budget pressures just to name a few. Yet in all of this, I witnessed time and again the resilience of Ward 5 neighbors and your commitment to working with my office to build healthy communities. I invite you to explore the 2023 Year in Review report to see all that we were able to accomplish together.

COUNCILMEMBER ZACHARY PARKER

Since taking office in January of 2023, Zachary has delivered for Ward 5 residents through responsive constituent services and significant budget wins. He has introduced dozens of transformative pieces of legislation, including bills to establish the District’s State Superintendent of Education’s School Support Office to improve low-performing schools, and the District Child Tax Credit which provides low-income and middle-class families fully refundable tax credits for children 17 years of age and younger.

LEGISLATION

Since taking office, Councilmember Parker has introduced more than 30 pieces of legislation, and co-introduced more than 150 additional bills. Learn about Councilmember Parker’s legislation, co-introductions, and committee assignments on the Legislation page

 

COUNCILMEMBER ZACHARY PARKER

Ward 5 Councilmember Zachary Parker is an educator and a public servant. He taught 7th-grade math in New Orleans, post-Katrina, with Teach For America, and spent nearly a decade supporting DC school administrators at Ward 5 schools like Dunbar High School and Mundo Verde PCS.

Zachary sees firsthand the human impact of a system that leaves our most vulnerable behind. He grew up watching his oldest brother struggle with a one-size-fits-all school system that did not have the resources to support him, and now sees the challenges he faces in life because of it. 

And Zachary suffered alongside his middle brother through a long and exhaustive battle with a healthcare system that treated him more like a problem than a patient before he ultimately passed away at 36 from kidney failure. These shouldn’t be the experiences families have when interacting with our public institutions. Zachary has dedicated his life’s work to transforming the systems that failed his brothers and so many like them.

 

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