St. Mark’s is proud to have supported WIN’s 2021 successes in Public Safety, Living Wage & Re-entry, Environmental Justice and Climate Change, Affordable Housing, increasing Black Ownership and Equity, and creating truly affordable housing on Reservation 13.

Public Safety / Violence Interrupters

  • Built a relationship w/Chief Contee
  • Researched major issues related to violence: What is happening – Where is it happening Why is it happening – Who are the people involved and Why are they involved? What needs to change? Seeking integrated solutions.
  • Seeking to make all of the Wards safer by multi-level solutions

Employment / Living Wage / Re-entry for Incarceration

  • PEPCO – Successfully worked to:
  • Increase employment of DC residents on Pepco contracts including people of color
  • Improve wages
  • Provide training programs
  • Include re-entry employment opportunities for those incarcerated in DC

Environmental Justice / Climate Change

  • Working to ensure ’greening’ funds in DC are equably distributed=Environmental Justice
  • Engage with the DC City council to take specific actions to achieve the DC Climate Action Goals adopted by the City Council
  • Partnered with Sierra Club to:
    • educate people on the role of methane in causing climate change
    • reduce methane emissions equitably by helping identify resources to reduce emissions in public housing and low-income neighborhoods and to create green jobs
    • collect signatures calling for legislation that requires that all newly constructed and substantially renovated DC government buildings be free of inefficient and unhealthy fossil fuels

Affordable Housing /Ownership

DC Housing Authority (DCHA) – Public Housing: Resident teams on 5 properties:

  • Established relationships with residents in Judiciary House; Langston Terrace; Benning Terrace, and Potomac Gardens
  • Support tenants organizing and help with Advocacy for repairs and appliance replacements
  • Researched Federally funded tool: RAD* – being used for Public Housing Restoration: Drafted a Document: “RAD Done Right: Recommendations to DCHA on the implementation of RAD and Section 18 projects
  • Met last week with new Executive Director of DCHA to share vision of how DCHA can better serve residents and to present the “RAD Done Right” recommendations

Benning Road Improvements: WIN shared RAD Research & Action story and DC Housing Director said yes to all

  • Build First
  • No Net Loss of Housing
  • Maintenance Now: Fix football field Lights, potholes in parking lot, open the Community Center, lead Abatement (paint) & mold

Black Equity Research on Housing & Home Ownership

  • Researched history (barriers), policy, financed and current opportunities
  • Seeking to engage institutions, organizations, and individuals to build new paths to increase home ownership

WIN Reservation 13 Development Priorities & ACHIEVEMENT!!

MANY St. Mark’s Parishioners were active participants working on Reservation 13: Public Lands-Affordable Housing Class; Developer Research Teams; Organizing the April 24th “Bridging the River” Action at Reservation 13; Attending the DMPED developers’ public presentation; Sending messages of concern to DMPED (Developer Proposals on the DMPED Website:

  • Development plan where ⅓ of all units are priced for incomes 30% of Area Median Income (AMI), ⅓ are priced for incomes 60% of AMI, and ⅓ are priced at market rate.
  • Structure housing development to facilitate home ownership, with a particular focus on facilitating the building of Black equity and wealth.
  • Prioritize firms with Black and ethnic-minority ownership when awarding contracts in this development.
  • WIN worked to have these priorities reflected in the RFP released Nov. 2020!
  • WIN Power Analysis & Meet with Development Applicants > Kept pressure on DC to retain Key Priorities > WIN’s April 24th Action and Turn-out at the Public Presentation resulted in all of the Development Proposals having to resubmit to better meet the priorities won in the RFP!
  • Original contractor responses did not reach RFP goals. WIN pushed back on the city and contractors had the opportunity to resubmit. DC selected two contractors for Res 13 who agreed to 1/3, 1/3, 1/3, and included home ownership opportunities!!!