Dear Ward 5 neighbors,
First, I want to ensure you are prepared for this weekend’s inclement weather. Meteorologists are warning of hazardous conditions as Tropical Storm Ophelia moves up the East Coast, with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour in the DC area tomorrow. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare. Stay safe and check on any neighbors who may need extra support.
This week, I was proud to introduce another bill aimed at alleviating child poverty, co-introduced by Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, Chair of the Committee on Facilities and Family Services. The Grandparent and Caregiver Subsidy Eligibility Amendment Act of 2023 would expand the eligibility of grandparents for the Grandparent Caregiver Program (GCP) and close relatives and caregivers for the Close Relative Caregiver Program (CRCP). These programs are used by the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to offset of caring for children who might otherwise end up in the foster care system. This bill will increase the safety, permanence, and well-being of vulnerable children by ensuring more families receive necessary financial resources through the GCP and CRCP.
Read more about the bill, and lots of other updates including information about free COVID tests available on Monday, September 25, a Listening Session for neighbors at the Wesley House in Fort Lincoln on Tuesday, September 26, upcoming Council hearings, ways to receive utility bill assistance, and where to enjoy Art All Night and Dine All Night activations throughout Ward 5 this week and next weekend, by clicking the button below.