Help Some Folks Compile Social Service Locations in Columbia Heights/Park View/Petworth

“We are trying to compile a list of all the social services, group homes, free clinics, and subsidized housing in the Columbia Heights/Park View/ Petworth area into a map. Such a list does not currently exist, so we need the help of all of our neighbors. We ask that they either post a comment or email Cliff Valenti ([email protected]) or Terra Weirich ([email protected]) the name, address and function of anything that this map is missing. All entries will be further validated by DCRA so we can be sure the map is complete and accurate.”

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  • What will the information be used for? Just curious.

  • It is for an upcoming zoning hearing. We are trying to find examples of where the 500 ft between CBRF’s, and other uses is being violated. Currently, we have 6 confirmed examples but there are a lot more. DCRA is giving permits to group homes where they should not be allowed. Central Union Missions proposed location on Ga Ave falls within this range to other CBRFs.

  • @Cliff: That information should have been upfront. Here I thought you were doing something servicey for the community at large (and I was thinking how Oakland and the Oakland Tribune have a joint project to do an interactive map like this and that really the Post should do it too), but since you’re doing this to further a NIMBY agenda — count me out.

  • Cliff: I’m not judging your project, but I also think you should have been more forthcoming with what you’re planning to do with this information. I hope that Bill Crandall at Petworth News sees this post and includes a bit more information to accompany the similar request from you that he posted on his blog.

  • COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS INC have 2 buildings at 5030 and 5050 first street NW for mentally ill people.

  • Well, I’m sorry some of you question the agenda of the request, but I think it depends on how you look at it. Zoning regulations exist for a reason, and people in upper northwest DC need services, too. Some of the most liberal, helpful cities in the country strictly enforce these types of regulations because they provide a balanced way to provide services for people who need them. In DC the attitude has been to put them east of 16th, regardless of zoning regulations. This approach hasn’t really worked. In any case, thanks for the responses.

  • I too think you should have said upfront what its for, but even so, I think its a good idea and, yes, zoning rules are there for a reason. If the reason is wrong, change the rule, not the implementation.

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