Today on Memorial Day we honor the military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country; we are grateful for their courage and sacrifice.
With the release of the Mayor’s budget proposal on May 27, we have officially entered budget season. You can read the Proposed Budget and Financial Plan for the Fiscal Year 2022 ￼here. Next up, on Wednesday, June 2, the Mayor will come before the Council to present her proposed budget and answer questions. I invite you to join me for the live presentation ￼here. Immediately following the presentation, on Thursday, June 3, the Council will begin holding its annual budget oversight hearings during which government and public witnesses can provide testimony to help determine how to best fund our government priorities.
The DC budget should reflect the interests and priorities of residents. To ensure collaboration, I encourage you to attend and participate in the public budget hearings that will span the month of June. You can also email my team to share your budget priorities. To learn more about the dates of specific hearings and participation instructions, check out the Public Hearing Schedule that can be found on my website.
As always, my team and I are here to serve you. We look forward to hearing from residents in the approaching weeks to ensure that the budget reflects our commitment to the health, safety, and prosperity of DC residents.
In this newsletter, you will find:
Yours in Service,
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
New Mass Vaccination Program: On May 24, DC Health launched a new program to allow faith-based and community-based organizations and DC Employers to schedule vaccine clinics. You can request a mass vaccination from certified vaccination providers for your organization here.
Reopening in the District of Columbia: On May 21, some restrictions on public and commercial activity, including capacity limits, types of activities, and time restrictions were lifted. Bars, nightclubs, and large sports and entertainment venues will be permitted to fully reopen on June 11, at which time, remaining capacity limits and restrictions will be lifted.
Walk-up Vaccination Sites Available in the District of Columbia: All District residents, including those who are 16 and 17 years old, may get vaccinated at any one of the District’s walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites, including the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Ward 2.
Residents Ages 12-15 Authorized to Receive the Pfizer Vaccine: District residents between the ages of 12 and 15 can now receive the Pfizer vaccine at one of our local walk-up vaccination sites.
COVID Vaccination at Children’s National Hospital: Are you a DC or Prince George’s County resident between the ages of 16 and 22 years old? Sign up to receive an invitation to get vaccinated atChildren’s National Hospital. Children between ages 12 and 15 can sign up to pre-register for the vaccine and will be notified once they become eligible. To sign up, please visit childrensnational.org/VaccineForm.
Appointments for Homebound Residents: Homebound residents can now call 1-855-363-0333 to register for an at-home COVID vaccination appointment. Call Center hours from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
At-Home Testing Kits are Now Available: The District is now offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits at 16 locations. Individuals can learn more and find a list of pick-up and drop-off locations at testyourself.dc.gov.
In-Person Testing Sites: The District of Columbia continues to make available in-person testing at public locations, which are also shared daily. To learn more about those sites and to save time by pre-registering, visit: coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
For more on vaccine opportunities, visit: vaccines.gov.
Information on MyIR.DC.gov: Residents can now access their vaccination records online at myir.dc.gov.
As the city reopens and government operations begin the return to normalcy, our team remains committed to engaging with the Ward 2 and DC community as a whole. We value meeting with residents, stakeholders, and advocates to receive feedback, listen to new perspectives, and celebrate various events.
Recently, Councilmember Pinto and her team:
Legislative Updates and Council News
Restarting Parking Enforcement: Beginning on June 1, DC will resume all parking enforcement including towing of illegally parked vehicles as well as requirements to renew vehicle registrations and inspections.
Reopening DPR Facilities: Starting Friday, May 21, 2021, the DC Department of Parks and Recreations is reopening its doors and facilities at full capacity for District residents to enjoy. For more details, visit: https://dpr.dc.gov/page/back-summer-2021.
STAYDC Rent and Utility Payment Assistance: Need help with rent or utilities? STAYDC is the District’s new program for residents who need help paying rent or utilities due to the public health emergency. Get started today by visiting stay.dc.gov or call 833-4-STAYDC (78-2932)
Ticket Amnesty: On April 19, 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a four-month amnesty program to give DC and non-DC drivers the opportunity to pay outstanding tickets. During the amnesty period, the penalties drivers incurred on tickets will be waived. At the end of the amnesty period, all penalties will be added back on all tickets. This program will help eligible drivers pay their outstanding tickets, including District residents who are having trouble obtaining a REAL ID credential because of outstanding tickets.
To view the Mayor's initial press release, click here.
The program runs for four months, from June 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), visit https://dmoi.dc.gov/page/amnesty-program-drivers-outstanding-tickets.
DPR Summer Camp Registration Now Open!
DC residents can now register for the Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) 2021 Summer Camps.
DPR is excited to welcome back campers and offer core Camps including Discovery, Little Explorers, Sports Camps, Aqua Day Camps, and Therapeutic Recreation - all in accordance with DC Health's safety guidelines.
For information about registration dates, camp activities, safety protocols, or sign up, visit: https://dprsummercamps2021.splashthat.com/.
Grant Panelists Needed: Are you an engaged member of the local artistic and creative scene? The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking 300+ volunteers to serve as grant panelists this summer. Panelists review grant applications, provide comments, and score applications in order to advise on proposals submitted to the agency's various grant programs. Apply to be a volunteer grant panelist here.