Building pathways to the middle class for a safer, stronger DC

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September 16, 2015 | Volume 1, Issue 32

Dear Washingtonians,

My Administration is working hard to create pathways to the middle class for all residents.  And we are using every tool at our disposal to bring economic opportunity to all eight wards. This week, we announced a number of initiatives that will create jobs, and support our returning citizens and young people.

Most people in jail are not hardened or violent criminals, they may have just gotten off track in life.  That is why, on Monday, I announced programs to help our returning citizens get their lives back on track.  We will provide job tools, training and services to help a select group of men and women find their pathway to the middle class. 

On Tuesday, I announced a supplemental budget to implement my Safer, Stronger agenda.  I am proposing $23.3 million to fight crime, support neighborhoods that have been hard hit by crime, and connect at-risk District residents with jobs.  As part of Safer, Stronger, we will launch two jobs programs.  DC Career Connections will provide 20 to 24 year old participants with on-the-job training.  In addition, we will expand our LEAP Academy, which gives District residents a fair shot at careers in public service. The expanded program will include good paying jobs at District agencies that provide vital services for residents. 

And I’m pleased to announce that the District government, Monumental Sports and Events DC are entering into an agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art entertainment and sports complex at St. Elizabeths in ward 8.  This complex will become the future home of the Washington Wizards practice facility, and Mystics home games starting in 2018.  It will also be a boon to the local economy - generating 600 construction jobs and more than 300 permanent jobs in Ward 8.   

These initiatives will build on our promise to bring economic opportunity and prosperity to all corners of our great city. 

Together, we are stronger.



Muriel Bowser


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Pope Francis Visits the Nation’s Capital

In just one week, Pope Francis will visit our city.  We are so pleased to have the Pope in our nation’s capital, and we welcome with open arms the thousands of people who will come to DC during the Papal Visit.  We have launched to serve as your one-stop shop for information. This site includes the Pope’s schedule, road closures, school informationpublic transportation information and much more. I encourage all District residents and those who work in the District to review to plan your commute from September 22-24.  Our city is ready, and we look forward to hosting a successful Papal Visit. 

DC Habitat

Affordable Housing in Ivy City

Last Saturday, I participated in the dedication of 11 new affordable homes in Ivy City, built by DC Habitat. DC Habitat is one of three non-profit developers awarded a land grant and funds from HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program to produce mixed-income housing.  My Administration continues to focus on expanding affordable housing options right here in the District. Visit DC Habitat for Humanity’s website for information on how to volunteer and support their efforts

2015 United States Conference on AIDS Welcome Reception

The United States Conference on AIDS hosted its annual conference in the District for the first time in nearly 20 years. This conference brings together attendees from across the world to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, partnerships, collaboration and networking. I shared with attendees the progress we have made in the District in our fight against HIV, including a 59% decrease in new HIV cases - and no babies born with HIV in our city since 2013.  My Administration will continue to explore new programs to end this epidemic once and for all. Together, we will create an HIV-free generation in DC and around the world.  Visit DC Department of Health’s website here for more information on HIV/AIDS in the District.  

MOWPI Conversations

Conversations with Women Who Lead

This week, the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Policy and Initiatives held their first “Conversations with Women who Lead” series with technology leaders. The goal of the series is to introduce young women to industry leaders in their chosen field, expose them to important lessons, and provide valuable connections that can be used throughout their careers.  

#IAmMBSEYP Job Spotlight: Nikko Favors, Apprentice, Allstate Floors

This week’s #IAmMBSYEP Job Spotlight is Nikko Favors, a 20-year-old from Ward 5. His 2015 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Program (MBSYEP) placement was Allstate Floors, where he was a Flooring Installation Assistant.  This past summer, Favors had the opportunity to work on construction projects at the new KIPP High School and the Washington Convention Center, as well as other projects across the District.  On August 10, 2015, Favors began full-time employment with Allstate Floors as an apprentice.

When Favors was asked what he learned during his MBSYEP summer, he said, 

“SYEP was a tremendous learning experience. I appreciate that Allstate Floors recognized my desire to work hard and advance.”

The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) has done a great job preparing MBSYEP participants with the skills and resources needed to find jobs, so they can create their own pathways to the middle class. I look forward to seeing what Nikko accomplishes after he completes his apprenticeship. 

Congratulations and good luck, Nikko.