From Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. <[email protected]>
Subject The Council Makes First Vote on FY 23 Budget
Date May 11, 2022 6:04 PM
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Dear Ward 8 Residents,

I am excited to get to work and come a step closer to allocating this $19 billion budget to best serve the many complex needs of District residents.

I am proud that we will fund training programs for residents looking for employment. Over $23 million in the FY 23 budget is dedicated to creating career pipelines for District residents into programs, including pathways to homecare and nursing, IT training, and CDL training. It is important that we not only help our residents find jobs but that the jobs are well-paying and have high growth potential.

With the new Allocation of At-Risk Concentration for education, every school in Ward 8 will receive additional funding based on their at-risk student population. These funds will go directly to their respective schools. For example, $251,505 will go to Ballou Senior High School, $162,702 will go to Turner Elementary School, and $149,040 will go to Excel Academy, the city’s only all-girls public school.

Public safety remains a critical issue in our city, especially as we approach the warmer months. I’m glad to see $1.7 million towards CCTV and Shotspotter integration to help keep our communities safe and $475,000 to the Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement (ONSE) for life coach client incentives and $70,000 for their leadership academy. I am also pleased to see $18.6 million to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) over five years to plan and implement safety infrastructure around schools.

I’m proud to live in and represent a place where we remain committed to supporting communities with intersecting needs. Our committee supported special populations in this budget, including grant funding for organizations serving LGBTQ residents in Wards 7 and 8, allocations for additional housing vouchers for returning citizens, and support for the Close Relative Caregivers Program. In addition, we funded $100,000 towards Dream Grants through the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) for the Wards 7 and 8 Entrepreneurship Program. I appreciate that the Committee on Recreation, Libraries, and Youth Affairs' requests were met to support all communities and provide equitable programming, facilities, equipment, and services across the District.

As the Councilmember for Ward 8, I will continue to push for equity for our residents and ensure that residents across the District of Columbia receive the resources they need to remain in our beautiful city.


Councilmember Trayon White, Sr.

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Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. remarks on the FY 23 budget allocations on May 10, 2022.

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On May 4th, Councilmember Trayon White celebrated Ward 8 mothers in honor of Mother's Day. Mothers are the heartbeat of the village. They understand what a child does not say. A mother’s love is peace and loves unconditionally.

Thank you to all the mothers and the extraordinary mother figures who give their all to us every day. Please know that you are greatly appreciated.
Bald Eagle Recreation Center hosts Sip & Paint event for Ward 8 moms.

On May 6th,Councilmember Trayon White celebrated Ward 8 mothers during the Bald Eagle Recreation Center’s Annual Mother’s Day Sip and Paint.

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Councilmember Trayon White speaks about the importance of school safety.

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On May 5th, the Committee on Recreation, Libraries and Youth Affairs held a confirmation hearing on the following:

* PR24-0681 Commission on Fathers, Men, and Boys Dannielle Brown Confirmation Resolution of 2022.
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Week of May 8 - May 21, 2022

While the Council’s next two Legislative Meetings will be monopolized by discussion and votes on the multi-billion dollar behemoth bills and policies that compose the District’s budget, the most recent Legislative Meeting dealt with the more day-to-day, meat-and-potatoes topics that nevertheless have deep impacts on our daily lives.

One measure that received the first of two necessary votes at the most recent meeting aims to protect consumers from unjust debt collection. In its broad scope, the bill prohibits jailing consumers for unpaid commercial debt, strengthens a ban on abusive or misleading debt collection communication, limits the frequency and means of debt collector contacts with consumers, and bans debt collectors from notifying employers, friends, family, or neighbors about an individual’s indebtedness.

Also passed at the most recent meeting was legislation to extend the DC Housing Finance Agency’s Reverse Mortgage Insurance and Tax Payment Program. Often, longtime homeowners who have entered into reverse mortgage loans can face default and foreclosure in the event of nonpayment of even very small-dollar amounts of property taxes, condo/coop fees, and the like. This program provides zero-interest loans to help bridge such short-term deficits, avoid foreclosure, and the loss of family homes.

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