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Jack Evans Unveils Affordable Housing Plan in Shaw Community

March 11, 2014

Jack Evans announced Saturday the steps he will take, if elected, to make the District more affordable and continue the economic development that creates jobs. Evans’s plan includes proposals to preserve existing affordable housing units and connect job-training programs to affordable housing construction. The candidate said, “Fast forward to today. At this very moment, this neighborhood symbolizes what every candidate touts they will produce for this city but not one of them can give you a tangible example as vivid as Shaw.”

(Photo by: jackevansfordc.com)

The event was a press conference with volunteers and supporters where Jack Evans unveiled his policy proposal to make the District more affordable. Highlights of Evans' plan:

* Develop 20,000 More Quality Affordable Housing Units

* Increase Homeownership and Access to Affordable Housing Citywide.

* Make Property Taxes Progressive

* Preserve Existing Affordable Housing Units.

* Ensure Banks are Providing Services to All District Residents.

* Connect Job Training Programs to Affordable Housing Construction

“The current Mayor, Vincent Gray has failed to deliver on the New Communities Initiative, a project intended to replicate communities like Shaw.  Even in his own ward, Ward 7, the status of Lincoln Heights is dubious and has yet to become what his administration promised. Why is that? These economic development projects are hard to accomplish, some suggest unachievable.  It requires more than just an unrelenting determination. It requires experience; someone who has done it before.  Something I offer and no other candidate possesses.”

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Tudor Place Receives $100,000 Matching Grant from DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

February 26, 2014

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden has been awarded a $100,000 matching grant for 2014 by DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. The grant, to maintain and restore critical infrastructure, is in recognition of its important role in making historic resources available to residents of all eight wards of the District. The project, which requires Tudor Place to raise an equal amount, is funded in part by the DCAH, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant and matching funds will includes replacement of a late 19th-century roof, re-pointing of a brick structure, and restoration painting of the exterior woodwork on the National Historic Landmark house, which welcomes over 20,000 visitors a year.

"It is one thing to make the case for splashy restoration projects the public sees every day," commented Tudor Place Executive Director Leslie Buhler, "but the kind of long-term preservation and maintenance covered by this grant are no less essential. We applaud DCAH for supporting the literal foundations of an impressive historic resource in our city."

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, a 5-½-acre estate in the city's Georgetown neighborhood, is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving schools and residents from across the District.  The National Historic Landmark house is a unique testament to our city's past, described by the U.S Commission on Fine Arts as, "without doubt, the most significant early 19th-century residence in Washington." The site serves over 3,000 D.C. students annually, the majority of them in Title I schools. 

Tudor Place is located at 1644 31st Street.


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3rd Annual 'A WINNter Affair' Gala at The Powerhouse Feb. 22

February 18, 2014

Celebrate The Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Young Ambassadors Council as they host their 3rd annual gala, A WINNter Affair, at The Powerhouse on Saturday, February 22 from 8:00 pm to midnight.

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dancing featuring DC Neekola. This fun fundraising and outreach event will help raise awareness of The Children's Inn and provide an opportunity for young professionals to support the Inn's mission.

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The Powerhouse is located at 3225 Grace Street in Georgetown.

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