This Is Your Government


February 17, 2016 | Volume 2, Issue 6

Dear Washingtonians,

This is your government.  Your priorities are our priorities.

Starting next week, you have another opportunity to have a seat at the table. I am hosting three Budget Engagement Forums. At each forum, residents will have the opportunity to help my team make some tough choices. I will draw on the input from these forums to shape my priorities for the coming year, and to determine where to invest our resources in the next fiscal year budget.  

Last year, we heard loud and clear that affordable housing needed to be at the top of our agenda.  So we invested a historic $100 million in the Housing Production Trust Fund.  Last year, the community told us to do better by homeless families by making investments that will allow us to close DC General.  So we came up with a plan to do just that.

Will you help us chart our course for the future?  Please sign up for one of the following forums:  

With your help, we will continue to bring prosperity to every corner of our city.  And we will continue to create pathways to the middle class for all District residents.

See you there,


Muriel Bowser

Making DC Safer and Stronger, One Camera At a Time

As a part of Mayor Bowser’s Safer, Stronger DC initiative (and with the support of the Council of the District of Columbia), the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants has launched the ‘Private Security Camera Incentive Program.’  The District will provide rebates for the purchase, installation, and registration of a security camera system on the exterior of a building owned or leased by a resident, business, nonprofit, or religious institution. The goal is to deter crime and assist the Metropolitan Police Department during criminal investigations. Applications and complete information about the rebate program can be found at


Fire Department Expands Ambulance Capacity

In September, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) Chief Gregory Dean presented the first steps of the District’s plan to reform our emergency medical response system. Part of the proposal included emergency legislation passed by the Council of the District of Columbia that allows the District to put more ambulances on the street - by authorizing DCFEMS to contract with third party service providers to transport low-priority calls. Yesterday, the Bowser Administration announced a major step forward in that initiative.  DCFEMS has contracted with American Medical Response (AMR) to perform supplemental pre-hospital medical care and transportation for basic life support calls within the District when requested by the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.  This initiative will give our providers the time and space they need to do what they do best - help our residents and save lives. More information can be found online, HERE.