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Muriel Bowser Ward 4



John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Ronald R. Ross

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Lamont Akins

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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July 18, 2019 | Vol. 5, Issue 29

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

We are midway through summer break, and now we need your help spreading the word to parents of children and teens in DC: Don't wait, vaccinate!

We know: Immunizations are the single most important way to protect families against serious and sometimes deadly diseases. 

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,109 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states in the first six months of 2019. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. 

While there have been no reported cases in the District, we know that there have been cases reported in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania—states with high numbers of commuters coming in and out of DC.

So, today, we are urging parents not to wait until school starts to get their children vaccinated. Make an appointment today with your child’s primary care physician or visit a District health facility. 

Vaccines are safe and effective and immunizations protect the entire community, especially people who are unable to safely receive the vaccine themselves – such as newborns as well as children, adults, and seniors with weakened immune systems.

Health centers in all eight wards are offering free immunizations for children and teens. Find a health center near you HERE


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Heat Emergency Plan Activated Until Monday, July 22

Heat Emergency

Due to extreme heat, Mayor Bowser has activated the District’s Heat Emergency Plan until Monday, July 22.

Additionally, the District has extended service hours for low-barrier shelters and select outdoor pools and splash parks through Sunday, July 21. Find a full list of pools that will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. all weekend HERE

During a heat emergency, free transportation to cooling centers is available for residents experiencing homelessness. Residents can call the shelter hotline for neighbors experiencing homelessness at (202) 399-7093 or by dialing 311. If someone is experiencing an emergency, residents should call 911. 

For information about services provided during a Heat Emergency, go to or call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center by dialing 311. Residents can register to receive Heat Emergency alerts on their devices at

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This Saturday, July 20: Immigration Resource Fair

Immigration Resource Fair

This Saturday, July 20, join the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs to learn more about organizations that offer legal services for immigrants in DC, how to protect yourself in case of an immigration raid, and how to create a plan in case of arrest. 

Learn more HERE

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Book Bag & Swag Drive

bookbag and swag

The Bowser Administration is currently collecting school supplies and uniforms for children residing in shelters. Contributions are needed by Friday, August 16 and may be brought to any Department of Human Services (DHS) service center location or the DHS headquarters (64 New York Avenue, NE).

For more information, please call (202) 313-8758.

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RSVP: The Lunch @ DC on the District Housing Survey

The Lunch @ DC

On Thursday, July 25, join The Lab @ DC to discuss findings from the Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia and the DC Housing Survey. 

To gain a deeper understanding of residents’ experiences finding suitable housing, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) partnered with The Lab @ DC to conduct the DC Housing Survey. A Program Analyst on the Economic Intelligence Team at DMPED will lead this conversation about the results of the survey. 

Learn more and RSVP HERE

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the Mayor's Housing Preservation Fund and the Administration's efforts to ensure all children and teens who attend school in the District are up-to-date on their immunizations. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: District Department of Transportation, Civil Engineer (Hydraulics Stormwater)

Pathways to the Middle Class

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is the District agency that manages and maintains transportation infrastructure in Washington, DC. DDOT's mission is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

DDOT has an opening for a Civil Engineer in the Hydraulics and Stormwater Management Program. This position manages and reviews drainage and stormwater management design and construction projects, making sure that they meet federal and local regulatory requirements. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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