From Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. <[email protected]>
Subject There are too many District residents experiencing deplorable living conditions.
Date October 20, 2022 9:42 PM
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Dear Ward 8 Residents,

There are too many District residents experiencing deplorable living conditions.

I have visited many housing communities with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). Sadly, property owners get a slap on the wrist despite the deplorable living conditions at their properties.

Earlier this year, I did a sleep-in at a home in Potomac Gardens. As a lawmaker, I wanted to experience what the families endured living in these properties daily. The gunshots, mold, mice scratching through the walls, and water leaking from one unit to the other create hazardous and inhumane living conditions that no one should have to live through. Seeing firsthand the deplorable living conditions families were experiencing gave me more of an urgent quest to advocate and create ways to provide better living conditions for our residents who oftentimes feel hopeless and not heard.

During Tuesday's legislative hearing, the DC Council passed emergency legislation calling on more training and oversight of the DC Housing Authority. This vote would impose new requirements on the DC Housing Authority following a report ([link removed]) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development that found DC's public housing one of the worst in the US.
As Councilmembers, we represent the people of this city first. Therefore, we must ensure that residents can access safe and healthy living conditions.

The "Housing Authority Accountability Temporary Amendment Act of 2022" ([link removed]) is the one step in the right direction to do something about these deplorable conditions within our public housing properties.

Trayon White, Sr.
Councilmember, Ward 8

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Join Councilmember Trayon White Sr., alongside community partners for a 10-mile bike ride around the great Ward 8.
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2nd Annual Ward 8 Trunk & Treat
Saturday, October 29, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Oxon Run Park
On the corner of Wheeler Rd SE & Valley Ave SE
Washington DC 20020
On the field near the basketball courts

* Game truck
* Bounce house
* Hayrides
* Facepainting
* Food, drinks, concession snacks and
* Live performances

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Ward 8 Trunk & Treat community event in partnership with Bullying is Not Dope.

Trunk & Treat is a free and safe alternative to the regular trick-or-treating we see during Halloween, allowing children to walk from vehicle to vehicle to collect candy and snacks along the way.

We invite residents, community leaders, and business owners to join in the festivities by entering their decorated vehicles into the Trunk & Treat event. You may also support this event by making a charitable donation to to activity safe for families.
Enter Your Car For Trunk & Treat:
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DPR Customer Care: (202) 673-7647

DPR Closed for 2022 All-Staff Professional Development Conference

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that all DPR facilities will be closed on Friday, October 21, 2022, for DPR's annual All-Staff Professional Development Conference.

All recreation and community centers, all aquatics facilities, and all DPR administrative offices will be closed. All parks, playgrounds, athletic courts, and fields will be open. Previously permitted events on outdoor spaces will take place as scheduled.

DPR will use this day to convene all the agency's employees to review the level of service DPR provides to DC residents and visitors; and to set goals to ensure that residents continue to receive high-quality service at all DPR centers, parks, events, and activities.

All DPR facilities will resume normal business hours on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

** Save the Date: Virtual EdFEST 2022 ([link removed])
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EdFEST, DC’s annual public school fair, will be held virtually on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Students and families will be able to explore the city’s public and public charter school options (PK3 – Grade 12), chat directly with school representatives and learn about the public school lottery – all from their device. With the launch of the public school lottery application on Dec. 12, 2022 for the 2023-24 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help families make informed choices.

Registration with an email address is FREE and will open in November at ([link removed]) . Stay tuned – more info to come!


Healthy bodies and minds are the foundation of academic success! Immunizations and regular visits to the doctor help protect students' health and readiness to learn. All students must be up to date on their routine pediatric immunizations or risk being removed from school. Additionally, the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is required ([link removed]) for all students age 12 and older beginning with the 2022-23 school year. Take steps
([link removed]) now to ensure your student is on track with immunizations!

The best place for a family to access immunizations ([link removed]) is their primary medical provider as part of a comprehensive well-child visit where the Universal Health Certificate ([link removed]) is completed. If a family does not have a medical provider or they have difficulty securing an appointment, they can select one from a list of pediatric clinic
locations ([link removed]) in every ward. In addition, DC Health has temporarily expanded access to immunization services, which include:
* Mobile Vaccination Units ([link removed]) – DC Health has placed free mobile medical units at schools and additional sites at recreation centers, COVID Centers and other community locations in all eight wards. Dates and locations can be found here ([link removed]) .
* Children’s National Hospital Vaccination Clinics ([link removed]) : Children’s National Hospital is offering free childhood vaccination clinics at five locations around the city. The clinics operate Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm, from Oct. 3, 2022 through Nov. 18, 2022. Additional evening and weekend hours will be available on select dates and at select locations. Families can call Children’s National Hospital at 1-800-884-BEAR (1-800-884-2327) and request to schedule an appointment. For more information, please see here
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* COVID Centers ([link removed]) – The COVID-19 vaccine is available for free to any individual age 6 months and older at the District’s COVID Centers located in all eight wards. More information on accessing the COVID-19 vaccine is available on the District’s coronavirus website ([link removed]) .

Together we can ensure students are healthy and ready to learn by protecting them and our community against infectious disease. Secure all necessary immunizations and submit health forms to school as soon as possible! To learn more about health forms and immunizations required for school, please visit the OSSE website ([link removed]) and for more information on vaccine services and access, please visit the DC Health website
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Faith in Vaccine Walk-Up Vaccination Sites are available for 1st dose, 2nd dose, and boosters. Pfizer vaccines for residents 12 years and older will be available at the walk-up vaccination sites listed. Visit: [link removed] ([link removed]) to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Join the Mayor's Office on African American Affairs, Mayor's Office on Returning citizens affairs, Justis Connection, and many more for a powerful day of workshops and Resource sharing for fathers.
For more information click here ([link removed])

The Office of the Student Advocate ([link removed]) would like to invite you to join our Bullying & Harassment Prevention virtual panel discussion on Thursday, October 27^th at 6pm. This event is in recognition of Bullying Awareness Month and in response to increased instances of harassment and bullying throughout the District and in DC public and charter schools. A team of experts from school leaders to community organizations will discuss bullying, harassment, in-school and out of school resources, discrimination, and sexual harassment/assault. Click here
([link removed]) to register for the event! Please share this information with your networks and families.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email or contact us at (202) 741-4692. We hope to see you next Thursday!

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PR24-0978 - River East at Grandview Condominiums Property Tax Exemption Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2022.

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On Tuesday, October 18th, Councilmember White voted in favor of the "Housing Authority Accountability Temporary Amendment Act of 2022." to hold DC Housing Authority accountable for property conditions.

"HUD is not off the hook," stated Councilmember White at today's legislative hearing.

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On Tuesday, October 18th, the DC Council voted in favor to spend $8 billion over a five-year period for Medicaid contacts to provide healthcare coverage for District residents.

"The Council has a duty to ensure a fair and equitable process," stated Councilmember Trayon White during the legislative hearing. "I'm comfortable supporting this today, simply because it went through the process, including six appeals."

Bill 24-0946 ([link removed]) the “Eliminating Restrictive and Segregated Enclosures (“ERASE”) Solitary Confinement Act of 2022”

The Committee invites the public to testify remotely or to submit written testimony. Anyone wishing to testify must sign up using the following hyperlink at [link removed] or by phone at (202) 417-1706, and provide their name, phone number or e-mail, organizational affiliation, and title (if any) by the close of business on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Witnesses are encouraged, but not required, to submit their testimony in writing electronically in advance to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])

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Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. Joined The Mamba Mambacita Foundation, BODYARMOR and Coca-Cola Consolidated to Celebrate Two Newly Refurbished Basketball Courts in Ward 8.

On October 15th, Councilmember White celebrated the unveiling of two refurbished basketball courts on Livingston Road, SE. Additionally, Councilmember White dedicated the courts in honor of Rasheed “Moo Moo” Cureton, an avid basketball player from the community that lost his life to gun violence this summer.

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The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to spend more than $8 billion over a five-year span for health-care coverage for more than one-third of all D.C. residents, bringing to a contentious end a years-long fight over which insurers should hold D.C.’s highest-value contracts, covering health care for Medicaid recipients.

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