The letter below was sent to Mayor Gray and Councilmembers Kwame Brown, Phil Mendelson, Michael Brown, and Vincent Orange this evening.
Why do you allow Ward 8 to be a dumping ground for homeless shelters, group homes, and drug clinics? My neighbors and I recently learned that Calvary Women's Services plans to open a homeless shelter on Good Hope Road SE.
I believe you agree that we are trying very hard in Ward 8 to bring new homeowners and businesses to Good Hope Road, Martin Luther King Ave, and South Capitol Street SE. What businessperson will open a new enterprise next door to a homeless shelter or methadone clinic?
When my neighbors and I moved to Ward 8 five years ago, we really believed the city was dedicated to supporting homeownership, small business development, and safe streets in Ward 8. Many of us feel hoodwinked and bamboozled.
Please reconsider zoning and development policies for Ward 8. I challenge you and the council to place a moratorium on all new homeless shelters, group homes, and drug clinics in Ward 8. I’m sure Ward 8 residents would be more than willing to assist Calvary Women's Services find alternative locations where they can serve their clientele.
FYI - Barry's response to his constituent's outcry can be found here on Congress Heights on the Rise.