Mayor Bowser to Cut the Ribbon on Latest Short-Term Family Housing Program, The Horizon in Ward 7
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Mayor Bowser to Cut the Ribbon on Latest Short-Term Family Housing Program, The Horizon in Ward 7

(WASHINGTON, DC) – (RealEstateRama) — On Tuesday, October 9, at 5 pm, Mayor Bowser will cut the ribbon on The Horizon, a short-term family housing program in Ward 7, marking another step forward in delivering on her promise to close and replace DC General Family Shelter with dignified, service-enriched programs across all eight wards. The Horizon is the second of three short-term family housing programs opening this fall, following the opening of The Kennedy in Ward 4.

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Mayor Muriel Bowser

The newly constructed Ward 7 short-term family housing program will include thirty-five family units, computer labs for its residents, administrative space for staff and providers, an outdoor playground and recreational space, age-appropriate indoor recreation space and a homework/study lounge for residents.

Earlier this year, Mayor Bowser released her plan and timeline to close DC General Family Shelter by the end of 2018, keeping a promise to District residents to close – once and for all – the outdated shelter. In its place, smaller, more dignified programs are being built across the District. The first ribbon cutting was held Wednesday, September 26, at The Kennedy, the Ward 4 short-term family housing program, and the Ward 8 short-term family housing program will open next month. These short-term family housing programs join the Patricia Handy Place for Women, a low-barrier shelter for women in Ward 2 that began providing services to District women in need of a safe place to stay in early 2016. These short-term family housing programs are the centerpiece of the transformation of Mayor Bowser’s emergency response system for families.

Tuesday, October 9, at 5 pm

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Councilmember Vincent Gray, Ward 7
Laura Zeilinger, Director, Department of Human Services
Greer Gillis, Director, Department of General Services
Keith Towery, Co-Chair, Ward 7 Short-Term Family Housing Advisory Team

The Horizon
5004 D Street, SE
*Closest Metros: Benning Road Metro Station*

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Mayor Muriel Bowser

Muriel Bowser serves as Washington, DC’s seventh elected Mayor. Sworn in on January 2, 2015, she pledged to bring a fresh start to the District of Columbia, create pathways to the middle class for residents, and foster a culture of inclusion, transparency and action.

Mayor Bowser expanded opportunity across all 8 Wards of DC by strengthening job training programs, and by attracting and retaining jobs in the District. As of the first quarter of 2016, there are burgeoning projects across the city that will eventually deliver 32,000 new jobs. Washington, DC is the economic engine of the metropolitan region, and has one of the strongest local economies in the country.


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