Congressional Members Discuss Reentry and Wellness with Fairview Residents

From DC Project Connect A local chapter of the oldest Black sorority in our country, Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. organized a social justice forum for residents of the Fairview on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The event was entitled, “A Closer Look at the Health and Wellness of Incarcerated …

DC Council Rejects Councilman Gray’s Attempt To Block Ward 7 Halfway House

As reported in the dcist.com, the DC City Council shot down emergency legislation introduced by Gray to use eminent domain to block the construction and opening of a new halfway house for men in Ward 7. The legislation failed by a vote of 10 to 3. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds …

Community Leaders Send Letter to Councilmember Gray Questioning his attack on The Horizon homeless center

I a letter send to Councilmember Vincent Gray, a diverse group of over 20 community leaders, faith leaders and citizens calling on him to abandon his attacks on The Horizon, a short-term family housing facility in Ward 7 that supports 35 families. They also noted in the letter that the attack on The Horizon was …

Is Councilman Gray rallying council members to torpedo our new DC men’s halfway house?

As reported in the Washington City Paper Loose Lips this week, Councilman Vince Gray is using a political maneuver–supported by Council Chair Mendelson–as leverage to stop the opening of the federal men’s halfway house in his Ward. It should be noted that this tactic, if successful, may close down a homeless shelter! The District has …

DCist article: Historic Designation Request Could Delay New D.C. Halfway House

The DCist published an article providing more information regarding the efforts by ANC 7F, the commission representing the neighborhood where CORE plans to open a new men’s halfway house, to oppose the site. ANC 7F has filed an application to designate the building at that address as a historic landmark. This halts CORE’s plans until …

CORE DC Founder Calls Out “Not In My Backyard” Opposition to New Men’s Halfway House

The Washington Post has published an opinion piece by Jack Brown, chairman and chief executive of CORE DC, as well as the founder and chief executive of CORE Services Group. CORE DC was recently awarded a contract from the federal Bureau of Prisons to open a new men’s halfway house for DC returning citizens. Currently, …

What Happens to DC Residents When Hope Village Halfway House Closes?

Source: wamu.org Recent reports have stated that the current operator of the federal men’s halfway house known as Hope Village will cease operations when their current contract with the BOP expires at the end of April. Advocates have been asking themselves what happens to DC residents when Hope Village closes. Wamu.org published an article today, …

Hope Village Deaths not COVID related says BOP

Source: wamu.org Two people finishing prison sentences at the Hope Village halfway house in Southeast D.C. died over the weekend. The deaths are not related to the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) says. “I can confirm two deaths at Hope Village this week,” wrote BOP spokesperson Sue Allison. “These deaths …