Residents and allies in the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) have a vision grounded in listening to residents’ concerns, hopes, and ideas. Residents from five DCHA properties and volunteers from neighboring congregations have been door-knocking, phone banking, and zooming with residents and public housing experts across the nation. WIN is committed to continuing to organize a powerful multi-ward coalition fighting for measurable improvements.
WIN is organizing around a vision to:
- DOUBLE the number of affordable units through a “Build First” approach.
- ACT on the District’s climate goals- by addressing the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in the District AND making homes more healthy.
- FUND DCHA adequately. Current funding levels only allow for a piecemeal approach to repair that destroys the housing stock as it crumbles. Put public housing in the District’s capital budget alongside the budget for roads, bridges, libraries, and schools.
Save the date for November 1 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and join WIN’s public housing leaders in lifting their proposal for change and calling on ALL of our appointed and elected officials to action. Register for the virtual event here.
Wednesday, November 2
Advocate for better biking in Montgomery County: Are you interested in making Montgomery County more bikeable? Do you want to see streets redesigned to be safer to walk, bike, or get to the bus or a local store? Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and active transportation advocates in Montgomery County for an introductory advocacy training and discussion on how to make it happen.
At this training participants will:
- Review how the County sets priorities, collects input, and makes decisions about transportation needs. Learn about the process, timeframes, identifying decision-makers, and WABA’s levers to steer them toward safer streets.
- Bring your ideas for making bicycling safe and other improvements that the County can make in your neighborhood or on your commute.
- Help set WABA’s priorities in Montgomery County for 2023 and beyond!
This virtual training will be held at 6:00 pm on November 2. To register and for more information, see here.
Thursday, November 3
Provide feedback on the Future of Outdoor Dining (FOOD): Arlington County has initiated a study of current outdoor dining regulations and guidelines to provide restaurants in Arlington the opportunity to expand their outdoor dining space on both private and public property. The six-month outreach program will engage businesses, residents, and other stakeholders to inform the future rules and guidelines.
Share your thoughts, questions, and concerns at the virtual meeting from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 3. Click here to join the meeting.
Please submit your question or concern online if you cannot attend the roundtable. The roundtable will be recorded and available for viewing following the session.
Saturday, November 5
Enjoy the last Open Streets DC event of the year: The final Open Streets of the year will take place on Ward 3’s Wisconsin Avenue, where one mile will be closed to cars and open to people to bike, walk, scoot, and play in a reimagining of public space. Explore all the amenities that Friendship Heights and Tenleytown have to offer, and be sure to participate in a fitness or yoga class in one of the activation zones at no cost! Classes will take place every hour.
Popular programming will return this fall, including arts and crafts, live music, safety demonstrations, and more. The event is free and suitable for people of ALL ages and abilities. No cars, just people. For more info, see here.
Join a bike tour highlighting recent development in Tysons: Join Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) for an 8-mile bike ride of Tysons on Saturday, November 5 starting at 10 am. The tour will explore the new communities developing near the Silver Line stations, and discuss Fairfax’s plans for connecting these communities with safer, more pedestrian and bike-friendly streets.
In general, major roads will be avoided and participants will ride on streets with relatively light traffic. Stops will be made at several places along the way to discuss new transportation and development plans, point out areas that need improvement, and talk about FABB’s efforts to make Tysons more bike-friendly.
For more information and to RSVP, visit here.