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Funding Restored for Main Streets in DC Budget

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Clean TeamAfter hours of testimony from Main Street Executive Directors, Board members, and Clean Team members during December’s hearings about Main Streets serving as “economic engines” for the District and generating much-needed tax revenues, DC Main Street programs anxiously awaited the outcome of the budget process. It is with great joy that we can now report that funding for both Main Streets and the Clean Teams has been restored! Barracks Row Main Street would like to thank the City Council and the Mayor’s Office for recognizing the value of our Main Street and others throughout the city.

This funding is critical to the success of all DC Main Streets programs, and especially to Barracks Row. Our Main Street grant provides for critical operating support and funding for our business retention and recruitment programs. Without it, the cutbacks would have been severe.

The Clean Team funding pays for supplementary services above and beyond what the Capitol Hill BID provides. This grant keeps three formerly homeless/incarcerated individuals employed while simultaneously beautifying and maintaining Barracks Row. Thousands of bags of trash and dozens of graffiti tags are removed with this crucial funding. Just this fall, BRMS used some of these funds to support the “Men in Blue” to plant hundreds of bulbs in treeboxes to bring color and vibrancy to the Row this spring and every spring hereafter.

Our work, however, is far from finished! Please show your support for Barracks Row Main Street by clicking “Donate” above and making a contribution through Network for Good. There’s always something happening on the Row, and we need these dollars to be able to continue helping the Row to grow.

North Capitol, Barracks Row to Lose Clean Team

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Lonna Hooks, Executive Director of the North Capitol Main Street program learned at 4 pm on Nov. 24th, the day before Thanksgiving, that her North Capitol Main Street’s clean team was scheduled to be eliminated in Mayor Fenty’s Budget Gap Closing bill now in front of City Council. The Gap Closing Bill will be voted on tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 7.  The three-member Clean Team is part of the Ready, Willing and Working program providing street cleaning and ‘Ambassador’ services in the North Capitol Main street Area and also provides supplemental cleaning services on Barracks Row, the 8th between Pennsylvania Ave and M St. SE.

“The Clean Team services are at the heart of the North Capitol Main Street program,” said Ms. Hooks.  “One of the most basic services we provide is to make our city streets litter-free and secure. If we are to have the same good effect here in the North Capitol Street area that Barracks Row Main Street has had on 8th Street SE, then we must begin by providing clean, safe streets for residents and visitors. Cancelling funding for this program will be a huge setback for our neighborhood.”

“The Clean and Safe program was fundamental to the revival of 8th St. SE when we began in 2003 and it remains fundamental today, agreed Martin Smith, Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street. “The enormous run to prosperity we have enjoyed on Barracks Row would be threatened if our street was full of debris and graffiti tagging. The addition of these weekend supplemental cleaning services to the regular street cleaning provided by Ready, Willing and Working, is one of the basic building blocks that has lead to our success!”

The two, three-member Clean Teams who provide services for North Capitol Main Street and Barracks Row will have to be laid off immediately if city funding is lost.   According to Patty Brosmer, president of Ready, Willing & Working, “The six individuals who work our Main Street programs are wonderful men who love their jobs and are helping to support families.  Losing this funding would be devastating for them and for the Ready, Willing & Working program’s efforts to expand to serve more.”

Ready, Willing & Working provides work opportunities and supportive services to homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals.  The program is a sister to the hugely successful Ready, willing & Able program in New York and Philadelphia.  With an unprecedented success rate it empowers men to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a residential, paid-work rehabilitation program offering holistic programs and supportive services that allow individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

Lonna Hooks, Executive Director of the North Capitol Main Street program learned at 4 pm on Nov. 24th, the day before Thanksgiving, that her North Capitol Main Street’s clean team was scheduled to be eliminated in Mayor Fenty’s Budget Gap Closing bill now in front of City Council. The Gap Closing Bill will be voted on tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 7. The three-member Clean Team is part of the Ready, Willing and Working program providing street cleaning and ‘Ambassador’ services in the North Capitol Main street Area and also provides supplemental cleaning services on Barracks Row, the 8th between Pennsylvania Ave and M St. SE.

 

“The Clean Team services are at the heart of the North Capitol Main Street program,” said Ms. Hooks. “One of the most basic services we provide is to make our city streets litter-free and secure. If we are to have the same good effect here in the North Capitol Street area that Barracks Row Main Street has had on 8th Street SE, then we must begin by providing clean, safe streets for residents and visitors. Cancelling funding for this program will be a huge setback for our neighborhood.”

 

“The Clean and Safe program was fundamental to the revival of 8th St. SE when we began in 2003 and it remains fundamental today, agreed Martin Smith, Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street. “The enormous run to prosperity we have enjoyed on Barracks Row would be threatened if our street was full of debris and graffiti tagging. The addition of these weekend supplemental cleaning services to the regular street cleaning provided by Ready, Willing and Working, is one of the basic building blocks that has lead to our success!”

 

The two, three-member Clean Teams who provide services for North Capitol Main Street and Barracks Row will have to be laid off immediately if city funding is lost. According to Patty Brosmer, president of Ready, Willing & Working, “The six individuals who work our Main Street programs are wonderful men who love their jobs and are helping to support families. Losing this funding would be devastating for them and for the Ready, Willing & Working program’s efforts to expand to serve more.”

 

Ready, Willing & Working provides work opportunities and supportive services to homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. The program is a sister to the hugely successful Ready, willing & Able program in New York and Philadelphia. With an unprecedented success rate it empowers men to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a residential, paid-work rehabilitation program offering holistic programs and supportive services that allow individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

Santa Arrives on 8th Street!

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Santa Arrives on 8th Street

Proposed Budget Cuts Devastating to Capitol Hill

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On the RowBarracks Row Main Street urged the DC City Council on Tuesday, November 30th to maintain the funding provided in the original FY2011 budget for both the Main Street Clean Teams and DC Main Street operating funds. This amount was $1.6 million for the DSLBD and Main Street operating and business retention funds and $600,000 for Main Street Clean Teams. These programs, which rejuvenate and restore run down and deteriorating commercial corridors are revenue generators for the District of Columbia, returning many more dollars to the DC Treasury as compared to the minimal investment in the Main Street Programs.

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Change of Command at Marine Barracks Washington

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Change of Command CeremonyOn Friday October 22, 2010 under crisp fall sunshine at Marine Barracks Washington, Senators, Members of Congress, many former Commandants of the United States Marine Corps and hundreds of friends and neighbors witnessed a stirring ceremony as the command was passed from the 34th to the 35th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.

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District of Columbia Main Streets DC Department of Small and Local Business Development

Barracks Row Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets commercial district.  Barracks Row Main Street is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.