New Anacostia center improves access to health care, but nearby residents unaware, hesitant to change
Residents of southeast D.C. were used to traveling up to 50 minutes each way to receive health care in different parts of the city. Now, a new provider is open in Ward 8 to combat accessibility issues.
Judge rules DC is not at fault for funding construction of affordable housing that fell apart soon after it was built
A group of homeowners filed a lawsuit against the city and a developer in January, claiming major oversights with the construction of homes that fell apart once they were sold. The homes were financed through a special fund administered by the city to provide affordable housing to low-income, first-time homeowners. But a District judge ruled in late August that the city is not responsible even after helping fund the construction of homes that were faulty. With the developer having declared bankruptcy, it’s unclear what the future of the case will be.
Female veterans revamp Calvary Women’s Services in Anacostia
Calvary Women’s Services in Anacostia, a transitional housing program for homeless women, received a one-day makeover in March. The Mission Continues — a nonprofit empowering female veterans to continue their service — brought 68 women to the facility to help with the revamp.
With limited access to hospital resources in wards 7 and 8, local clinics are bridging the gap in health care
Only one hospital is currently located east of the Anacostia River, while six of D.C.’s seven acute care hospitals are located in Northwest — even though wards 2 and 3 have close to the same number of residents as wards 7 and 8. As a result, primary-care clinics are filling the gap.
Barry Farm residents fear displacement as housing authority reconfigures plans for decade-old redevelopment
A handful of residents of Barry Farm, a public housing complex in Anacostia, breathed a sigh of relief earlier this year when plans to demolish and redevelop the neighborhood were sent back for revision.
Mayor and councilmembers present conflicting visions of D.C. affordability at housing rally
Mayor Bowser and several councilmembers spoke at the yearly CNHED housing rally, giving conflicting accounts of the state of affordable housing in D.C. Councilmembers acknowledged the city’s shortcoming while pledging to do more, and as the Mayor highlighted the progress the city has made.
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