FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Zoe Ades, Communications Director
COUNCILMEMBER PINTO STATEMENT ON THE PURCHASE OF 1129 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW FOR USE AS NON-CONGREGATE BRIDGE HOUSING
Councilmember Brooke Pinto issued the following statement on DC government purchasing 1129 New Hampshire Ave NW for use as a non-congregate bridge housing location:
“Today I withdrew my resolution delaying the approval of the Executive’s contract purchasing 1129 New Hampshire Ave NW. I was disappointed that a contract was submitted before community engagement was completed and moved this resolution to ensure community engagement could go forward appropriately before the Council took action on the resolution. I believe community engagement has to be full and robust.
Following the two community meetings ANC 2A held on the matter, ANC 2A passed a resolution in support of the project with additional requests for protections and information. I have heard from hundreds of residents, service providers, businesses, and interested stakeholders about this proposed project in the last several weeks, including many concerns about how the initially proposed site would run.
Having allowed time for thorough community input and in response to feedback from the community – both concerns and support – I believe the best path forward is for this project to proceed with key conditions included to ensure a more successful outcome. I continue to believe that the best model to help move individuals experiencing homeless into stable, dignified housing is through a bridge housing model of non-congregate settings.
To ameliorate concerns, I worked with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to secure commitments to a number of conditions that I believe are vital to the success of this project. Pursuant to my requests on behalf of the community, I am pleased to share that DHS has committed to certain conditions for this site, including the following.
With these conditions in place and commitment by the Executive for good faith continued negotiations and partnership with me and the community, I look forward to the successful implementation of this new bridge housing model. I will continue monitoring this project closely to ensure conditions are met and community engagement is solicited, heard, and addressed. Let’s demonstrate how we can come together as a community to get this right.”