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Housing Focus Group

A housing focus group was held from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Wednesday, March 16th, in a classroom at Gallaudet University. Throughout the evening, participants were prompted to provide their thoughts on barriers to homeownership, available housing and homeownership assistance programs and alternative homeownership models. Feedback from focus group participants clearly indicated that several rental housing units within the Ivy City and Trinidad community are in poor condition. While some participants were eagerly preparing to purchase a home, others were skeptical. Steady employment was expressed as a common barrier to homeownership. Several participants also expressed frustration with the way information on housing programs and projects is shared with local residents.

A short mapping exercise was included as part of the housing focus group to gauge the perception of safety in locations thoughout the Ivy City and Trinidad Neighborhoods. Residents were asked to place green dots on locations where they feel comfortable leaving youth unsupervised, yellow dots on locations where they feel relatively safe, but youth should be supervised, and red dots on locations they themselves do not feel safe. The results of this exercise can be viewed here.

Workforce Development Focus Group

The first resident focus group was held Wednesday, March 9th at Gallaudet University and included a discussion of workforce development issues. The focus group, which had thirteen participants, included discussions on residents’ current employment status, barriers to employment, job training programs, and other resources available to help residents train for and obtain employment or to help them through unemployment. Themes arose out of the discussion, including the obstacles faced by those with a criminal record, the experience of older adults trying to find new employment, requirements for recognized certification regardless of on-the-job training experience, and the ineffectiveness of existing training programs and resources.

Detailed notes from the Workforce Development Focus Group are available here.

Reimaging Ivy City & Trinidad

Steve Price was one of the expert partners introduced at the February 26th meeting. Mr. Price has been engaged to “reimage” Ivy City & Trinidad to help local residents visualize the future of their communities. To complete this work, Mr. Price spent a few days touring the neighborhoods and photographing sites that residents identified as potential opportunities for community revitalization. Using these base photographs, Mr. Price will use computer software to show how small improvements and larger investments can help transform the neighborhoods.

For more information and examples of Mr. Price’s work, please visit his website here.

To view the Ivy City & Trinidad sites Mr. Price photographed, please click here. Four of these photos will be selected for reimaging.

ANC-Hosted Introductory Meeting

Area Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5B invited a small group of residents to a meeting at the Joseph Cole Recreation Center on Saturday, February 26th. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) presented an overview of the Ivy City & Trinidad Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative and introduced a group of expert partners engaged to complete a variety of studies, including a residential market analysis, a commercial market analysis and an assessment of resident job skills. The studies completed by these expert partners, combined with information gathered from community residents, will feed into the development of recommendations that will inform future DHCD investments.

The full presentation is available here.


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