In this Ward 5 Report: the G9 launches on March 20; legislation to address transportation and housing concerns; Women's History Month, and help with tax season
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March is Women’s History Month, Wednesday was International Women's Day and, this year, it was also A Day Without A Woman here in the United States.

Despite the progress that has been made, women are still undervalued in our society. From unequal pay to discrimination, it is obvious to anyone who cares that there continues to be inequality between the genders. However, I remain inspired by the voices rising up across the country to resist sexism, bigotry, and hate.

Actions like A Day Without A Woman highlight the disparity and are a stark reminder of our shared obligation to do more to end sexism.

I am looking forward to more reflections and celebrations this Women’s History Month, as I will be honoring several Ward 5 Women with ceremonial resolutions.

In Service,


Legislative Update

This week, Councilmember McDuffie introduced two pieces of legislation to address concerns raised by Ward 5 residents.

The Proper Planning for Future Growth Amendment Act of 2017
This legislation will require the D.C. Department of Transportation and the D.C. Office of Planning to work together on a biennial report analyzing each ward's current transportation infrastructure and future needs. While individual projects perform traffic studies as part of their analysis of development impacts and Small Area Plans look at the traffic patterns within a prescribed area or neighborhood, these approaches are often too narrow. This legislation will broaden the outlook of transportation studies, and make this process a regular occurrence rather than an ad hoc response to a given development.

Family Unit Amendment Act of 2017
This legislation would amend the Housing Production Trust Fund Act of 1988 to require a percentage of funds disbursed from the Housing Production Trust Fund to be used to assist in creating rental units with a minimum of 3 bedrooms. The bill requires that 10% of the units created by each Notice of Funding Availability must be large family units.  The bill also requires the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to produce a biennial report on the number of large family units in each ward; the number of very low income and extremely low income households, in each ward that occupy a large family unit; any government assisted projects that resulted in the creation of large family units; and, an assessment of the need in the District for large family units.
With introduction of the Family Unit Amendment Act, Councilmember McDuffie remarked:

“Since taking office in 2012, I have prioritized legislation that incentivizes the creation and preservation of affordable housing.  Yet, despite our focus on Affordable Housing, people have felt left out, specifically families that already live in the District. As I reflect upon what has been a significant push by both the Council and Executive to create Affordable Housing, I must ask whether we have missed the mark.
To date, our focus has been on Affordable Dwelling Units.  We have judged our success based on the number of units we have created, with little emphasis on the size of the units being built. 
This legislation advances a new vision for Economic Development and Affordable Housing that of family-size units.  The bill will give our District government the tools and data to ensure the units that we build meet the needs of all District residents and families”

Kenyan in the Community

Councilmember McDuffie took part in Read Across America Day at Woodridge Friendship Public Charter School
Councilmember McDuffie on the scene of a shooting with Asst Chief Diane Groomes and Commander Fitzgerald at Brentwood Road, Rhode Island Ave, and 14th Street NE
Councilmember McDuffie was live on Fox5 last week from a living room in North Michigan Park where the homeowner is experiencing shaking in her home, likely from the MetroRail trains that run beneath her house. Watch the report here.
Councilmember McDuffie at the last month's Edgewood Civic Association Meeting
Councilmember McDuffie back at the scene of the shooting the following day to talk to business owners and resdients.
Councilmember McDuffie joins combined SMD meeting for ANC 5C02 and 5C07 at the Woodridge Library.

A New Bus Route For Rhode Island Avenue - The G9 - Begins Service on Monday, March 20

In last year’s budget, Councilmember McDuffie secured funding for a new MetroBus route to extend the entire length of Rhode Island Avenue  in Ward 5. The new bus route is called the “G9” and, for the first time in memory, will allow residents to travel down Rhode Island Avenue all the way downtown without a transfer. The G9 will also help alleviate crowding on the G8.

District Leadership Program - Paid Internship Opportunity

The District of Columbia Government’s Department of Human Resources (DCHR) is once again proud to announce its District Leadership Program (DLP). The DLP is an internship program designed to provide tomorrow’s leaders with the knowledge, tools, skills, and experiences that can be readily applied to their future challenges and pursuits, whether personal or professional.

Program will operate from May 30th to August 18th. All applicants must be available as of May 16th. It is a full time experience, Monday thru Friday, 40 hours per week. The deadline to apply is April 21, 2017.

For full information and to apply, visit the DCHR website.

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor - Ward 5 Engagement Meeting

In 2012, DCPS launched an ambitious strategic plan—five goals known as the Capital Commitment. Five years later, academic performance is up, graduation rates are up, enrollment is up, student satisfaction is up, and it’s time to set a new vision for what our district can accomplish.
Over the next few months, DCPS is asking for ideas and input from the DCPS community. What will it take so that every student, parent, and educator can walk into their school and feel welcomed, inspired, and supported? How can we instill excellence and equity at all levels of our district?
Chancellor Antwan Wilson will host conversations at schools across the city. More information can be found on the DCPS website.
DATE: Tuesday, March 21
TIME: 6:30 — 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Luke C. Moore High School
1001 Monroe St NE


Get Free Tax Help from the D.C. Office of Tax & Revenue

In November 2016, The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) launched, an online portal created to make viewing and paying individual income and business taxes in the District simpler, faster, and safer. On the new portal you can check refund and return status; view copies of notices sent from OTR; provide substantiating documents to OTR; grant secure third party access; contact e-Services for a swift response to online inquiries; and make/schedule payments.
Free Tax Preparation Assistance
Customer service specialists in OTR’s walk-in center, located at 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W270, will prepare DC individual income tax returns at no cost. No appointment is necessary. Please bring copies of  your completed federal tax return, applicable schedules, and W-2s or statements showing DC withholdings.
Filing Deadline
Because April 15 falls on a Saturday and OTR will be closed on Monday, April 17 in observance of Emancipation Day, the deadline to file income tax returns for Tax Year 2016 is Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Contact the Office of Tax and Revenue
Assistance is available from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Walk-In Center:  1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W270
  • Telephone Center:  (202) 727-4TAX (4829)
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