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15-unit project for mentally ill in or near Trinidad

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  • RobbyCU
    Alll: I am sitting here with the former 5b08 ANC and she doesn t support this. Neither CM Thomas or Ms. Bernard supports this project. The Trinidad
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 2, 2009
      Alll:

       I am sitting here with the former 5b08 ANC and she doesn't support this. Neither CM Thomas or Ms. Bernard supports this project. The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is haivng a meeting on June 9th, 7 to 8:30 PM with DHCD  at the Trinidad  Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street NE) to te tune of $1,750,000.00.  Since this planned development is in Trinidad, CM Thomas, ANC 5B and the Trinidad Neighborhood Association are working in tandum to make sure that the voices of the people are heard.

      I invite all of you to come out on June 9th.

      I will foward the emails from the Trinidad List regarding this issue so that all know what is really going on

      Thank you,

      Robby Mann-Thompson


           
       
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      From: "khenderson029@..." <khenderson029@...>
      To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: crm_112@...; Eckington@yahoogroups.com; edgewooddc@yahoogroups.com; brookland@...
      Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 4:38:17 PM
      Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] ? 15-unit project for mentally ill in or near Trinidad ?



      Sure Scott.
       
      In 2007, Urla Barrow from the Institute for Urban Living attended the ANC 5B10 meeting to gain approval for their project to build housing for women recovering from substance abuse and other mental health issues. The proposed location is 1058 Bladensburg Road, NE. Meeting attendees asked substantive questions about the project scope, including questions about funding, treatment protocols and whether or not a social worker would be housed on-site. The representatives, including project principal Dr. Fisher were unable to provide any substantive information about the project and failed to articulate any real project plans, including plans for sustained funding. They ended by saying that we should just give them our support because the women need help. All of the project principals live in Maryland.
       
      Some residents from ANC 5B08 also attended this meeting where we voted unanimously to oppose the project. We believe locating this type of housing in the midst of an area that is still plagued by rampant drug activity puts all parties at risk and we will not accept any project in our community that threatens to undermine our public safety and drain police resources. Additionally, there is a Methadone clinic two blocks from the proposed site.
       
      Two days after we voted no, the project principals attempted to mislead some residents into supporting the project by claiming that it was a project to provide housing for elderly women and that our Councilmember supported the project. We alerted neighbors of the fraud and I contacted DHCD and the Council to let them know our decision. The Councilmember denied supporting the project and we believed the matter was dead on arrival.
       
      Here is what we know now:
       
      The Councilmember has been supporting the project, along with the Chairperson of ANC 5B and the former ANC 5B08 Commissioner. The project has secured funding from DHCD and they have partnered with an organization called Mission First, presumably to improve their chances of setting up shop in our neighborhood. Residents in Ward 7 rejected this ill-conceived project and project principal Dr. Fisher is being sanctioned for violating the boundaries of the doctor-patient relationship with one of his patients. The project is rife with red flags and we do not want it. We will not be dumped on and burdened with a project that individuals who reside in Maryland are promoting here. We are preparing to battle for our legitimate right to a safe and peaceful community and welcome any neighbors that wish to stand with us. WE SAID NO IN 2007 AND SAY NO AGAIN! First, we battled the threat of sex clubs operating in our midst, now this. We have come too far as a community to allow this type of project to erode our public safety gains. The battle lines are drawn!
       
      Kathy Henderson


    • Elise Bernard
      Dear Ms. Henderson, As the former ANC5B08 representative I strongly object to your most recent email. I m also puzzled as to why you felt the need to send this
      Message 2 of 4 , Jun 2, 2009
        Dear Ms. Henderson,

        As the former ANC5B08 representative I strongly object to your most recent email. I'm also puzzled as to why you felt the need to send this email to so many neighborhood listservs. I can only assume that this was yet another ill-conceived attempt at self-promotion. You stated in your email that I supported this project. That is not, and has never been, true. I met with representatives of the project (ANC 5B07 David Hooper was also present). I then held two meetings within my single member district about the project. I also surveyed residents. The feeling was overwhelmingly against the development. I then voted accordingly. I always had personal misgivings about the project (but, as an elected representative, I felt it was my duty to offer up the project for public opinion before deciding how to vote). While I think such services (re-integration/addiction management) are important, I felt that this was a poor choice of location, and I had concerns about the management of this project. I also consulted multiple specialists with experience in the area. They mostly told me that such a project could succeed, but only if well managed. The management plans put forward were inadequate in my mind, and in the minds of residents who voiced their opinions. As I said, I voted accordingly.

        In short, I never supported this project, and you know this well from the various emails, face to face communications, and phone calls that we exchanged (and that I also exchanged with your daughter, who was at the time, and is currently, actually the Commissioner). I ask, and advise, you to please represent the facts accurately in public statements.

        Elise

        P.S., I never saw, or heard, anything to suggest that the Councilmember supported this project. His office did meet with the representatives, but my understanding is that he has clearly come out against this development on multiple occasions.
        To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
        CC: crm_112@...; Eckington@yahoogroups.com; edgewooddc@yahoogroups.com; brookland@...
        From: khenderson029@...
        Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 16:38:17 -0400
        Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] ? 15-unit project for mentally ill in or near Trinidad ?





























        Sure Scott.

        In 2007, Urla Barrow from the Institute for Urban Living attended the ANC
        5B10 meeting to gain approval for their project to build housing for women
        recovering from substance abuse and other mental health issues. The proposed
        location is 1058 Bladensburg Road, NE. Meeting attendees asked substantive
        questions about the project scope, including questions about funding, treatment
        protocols and whether or not a social worker would be housed on-site. The
        representatives, including project principal Dr. Fisher were unable to provide
        any substantive information about the project and failed to articulate any real
        project plans, including plans for sustained funding. They ended by saying
        that we should just give them our support because the women need help. All of
        the project principals live in Maryland.

        Some residents from ANC 5B08 also attended this meeting where we voted
        unanimously to oppose the project. We believe locating this type of housing
        in the midst of an area that is still plagued by rampant drug activity puts all
        parties at risk and we will not accept any project in our community that
        threatens to undermine our public safety and drain police resources.
        Additionally, there is a Methadone clinic two blocks from the proposed
        site.

        Two days after we voted no, the project principals attempted to mislead
        some residents into supporting the project by claiming that it was a project to
        provide housing for elderly women and that our Councilmember supported the
        project. We alerted neighbors of the fraud and I contacted DHCD and the Council
        to let them know our decision. The Councilmember denied supporting the project
        and we believed the matter was dead on arrival.

        Here is what we know now:

        The Councilmember has been supporting the project, along with the
        Chairperson of ANC 5B and the former ANC 5B08 Commissioner. The project has
        secured funding from DHCD and they have partnered with an organization called
        Mission First, presumably to improve their chances of setting up shop in our
        neighborhood. Residents in Ward 7 rejected this ill-conceived project and
        project principal Dr. Fisher is being sanctioned for violating the boundaries of
        the doctor-patient relationship with one of his patients. The project is rife
        with red flags and we do not want it. We will not be dumped on and burdened with
        a project that individuals who reside in Maryland are promoting here. We are
        preparing to battle for our legitimate right to a safe and peaceful community
        and welcome any neighbors that wish to stand with us. WE SAID NO IN 2007 AND SAY
        NO AGAIN! First, we battled the threat of sex clubs operating in our midst, now
        this. We have come too far as a community to allow this type of project to erode
        our public safety gains. The battle lines are drawn!

        Kathy Henderson

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