O-V-E-R-S-A-T-U-R-A-T-I-O-N Rally Re-Cap
This morning, candidate for Ward 8 City Council Natalie Williams, organized a rally at the site of the proposed Calvary Women’s Shelter at 1217 Good Hope Road. Several people came out for the event and the podium welcomed a mixture of civic association leaders and concerned members of the community. I don’t want to speak for anyone, but my takeaway from it all was that participants are not against social services, but against the “oversaturation” of such services in Ward 8. There was a large map on display at the rally showing at least 10 such sites in the Ward (homeless shelters, rehabilitation facilities and the like). I won’t attempt to re-post them here, but I’ll provide a link if I can find one with all the locations in one place.
I’m glad to see the community come out before dawn on a week day to share their concern for such initiatives. Councilmember Barry has voiced his support for the shelter, but he and Calvary leadership still refuse to have a conversation with the community about the site. More information can be found at (Congress Heights on the Rise). Perhaps the media attention, and turnout from todays event will help them change their minds.