Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Delivers for Ward 5 Residents in D.C. FY19 Budget
Over $53 million in new capital investments in Ward 5 facilities for seniors, youth, and families
Continued implementation of McDuffie’s groundbreaking criminal justice reform legislation, the NEAR Act
Committee on Business and Economic Development support for D.C.’s small businesses and neighborhood retailers
Funding to honor D.C.’s history with a statue of civil rights leader, legal giant, and native Washingtonian, Charles Hamilton Houston
Washington, D.C. -- On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie advanced the priorities of Ward 5 residents as the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously in favor on the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget on the first of two votes. As Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, Councilmember McDuffie led the committee in funding priorities to help D.C.’s small businesses and neighborhood retailers, and supporting economic opportunity for traditionally disadvantaged business owners and communities. Councilmember McDuffie’s highlights of the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget include:
Ward 5 Capital Improvements:
- Over $53 million of investments in Ward 5 libraries, recreation centers, and parks. Funds will go to renovate, improve, or rebuild the Lamond-Riggs Library, Fort Lincoln Park, Theodore Hagans Cultural Center, Langdon Park Recreation Center, New York Avenue Playground, the future Zaire Kelly Park, and Brentwood Park at 14th Street NE and Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Ward 5 Neighborhoods and Small Businesses
- Support our neighborhood retailers and small businesses with two new Main Street organizations in Ward 5: South Dakota Avenue NE/Riggs Road NE and Bladensburg Road NE. These Main Street organizations join the three existing Main Street organizations operating in Ward 5, which are North Capitol Street Main Street,
Rhode Island Avenue Main Street, and H Street Main Street.
- Funding for two new Clean Teams in Ward 5: South Dakota Avenue NE/Riggs Road NE Clean Team and Fort Lincoln Residential Clean Team, which complement the existing Clean Teams servicing 12th Street NE, Bladensburg Road NE, New York Avenue NE, North Capitol Street NE, and Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Support for Seniors
- $1.5 million in funding for improvements to D.C.’s senior centers, including Model Cities Senior Wellness Center in Ward 5.
- Additional $200,000 in funding for the Transport D.C. program and $162,000 to provide housing support for low income seniors.
Education and Childcare
- $40 million for modernization of Browne Education Campus.
- Increased funding for Out of School Time activities such as afterschool care and summer programing.
- Funding for a $1,000 childcare tax credit for parents of young children.
Public Safety and Judiciary
- Continued implementation of D.C.’s public health approach to crime, the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR Act), including a 122 percent increase in funding for the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and a 60 percent increase in staffing.
- Increased funding by $600,000 for McDuffie’s Expanding Access to Justice Act, which seeks to prevent evictions by providing lawyers to low-income tenants in landlord-tenant court.
- Study OBGYN services in Ward 5 and the eastern portion of the District to analyze racial and ethnic disparities in carethat affect women’s obstetrics and gynecological outcomes.
Public Transit and Pedestrian Safety
- $500,000 to study new bus service on New York Avenue NE and $100,000 to improve pedestrian safety on Michigan Avenue NE around 4th Street NE and Franklin Street NE.
Arts and Culture
- $300,000 to fund a new statue of native Washingtonian, Dunbar High School graduate, and leading legal scholar of the civil rights movement, Charles Hamilton Houston. Houston, who served as legal counsel for the NAACP and head of Howard University Law School, laid the legal foundation responsible for dismantling the American system of segregation.
Committee on Business and Economic Development
- $160,000 to fund the establishment of a Living Wage Certification Grant Program, which will create a certification for D.C. businesses that provide employees with a living wage.
- $250,000 investment in the Aspire To Entrepreneurship program, which supports returning citizens’ entrepreneurial goals and has produced 13 new District-based businesses since 2016.
- Nearly $3 million in funding toward equitable development by providing gap funding through the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund.
- $200,000 to fund an independent study to determine whether minority and women-owned businesses face discrimination in contracting and procurement in the District.
- $500,000 in increased funding for the Inclusive Innovation Fund, which seeks to increase access to capital for D.C. entrepreneurs, specifically underrepresented entrepreneurs such as people of color and women.