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With a few holidays coming our way, we want to encourage everyone to stay safe and to remember that construction is not permitted on District holidays without an active after hours permit. On the following holidays construction work is illegal and could result in a Stop Work Order and fines:
- Monday, May 31, 2021: Memorial Day
- Sunday, July 4, 2021: Independence Day
- Monday, September 6, 2021: Labor Day
For more information, visit our illegal construction webpage. Please report illegal construction to the District’s 311 system. You can report your service request by either calling 311, visiting the 311.dc.gov, using the mobile app (DC311), using the online live chat feature during standard business hours, texting DC311, or tweeting to @311dcgov. As a reminder, DCRA will be closed on these holidays.
In response to improving health metrics across the District, DCRA will reopen on Monday, July 12. As of this writing, customers will enter the building using a numbered system to ensure that only safe numbers of people are admitted and to accommodate social distancing. Face masks will also be required to enter.
For more information on reopening and the District’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/.
DC Public Libraries Update
On June 1, the DC Public Library will increase occupancy at all open locations. Customers will be allowed to browse the collection and sit at a table or in lounge areas to read, study, or work. The Library also will expand the number of public computers available and extend the sessions from 45 minutes to 70 minutes.
Starting June 1, people will be able to:
- Browse the collection: People will be able to search bookshelves for items they want to use in the Library or borrow.
- Use tables and lounge areas: People will be able to sit at tables to read or work.
- Pick up books that they have placed on hold.
- Apply for a Library card: People can apply for a Library Card at an open location and online via the Library’s website dclibrary.org.
- Use a computer: The Library has increased the number of public computers. In addition, computer sessions are extended to 70-minutes each.
- Printing/Scanning: People can print in person by using a computer at one of the open locations or using the remote printing option. Scanning and copying are also available. Learn more at dclibrary.org/computeruse.
- Borrow Grab & Go materials: Curated book titles and bundles of books will be available for checkout near the circulation desk.
- Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s first, second, third and fifth floors, plus computers and special equipment in the Center for Accessibility.
- Make appointments to visit The Labs, the Adult Learning Department, and People’s Archive in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
- Attend outdoor programming.
- Use the restroom.
In the coming weeks, indoor programming and events will be phased in and meeting, study, and conference rooms will be made available to the public.
The following measures have been put in place at library locations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
- Face masks are required for staff and the public.
- Hand sanitizer is available at each location for staff and the public.
The following locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Anacostia, Bellevue, Benning, Capitol View, Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Deanwood, Francis A. Gregory, Georgetown, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Mt. Pleasant, Northeast, Palisades, Petworth, Shaw, Shepherd Park, Southeast, Southwest, Tenley-Friendship, West End, and Woodridge.
The opening of the Library’s small locations – Takoma Park, Rosedale, Parklands-Turner, Lamond Riggs Interim and Northwest One – will be phased in over the coming weeks. In the meantime, people can explore the Library’s catalog by visiting dclibrary.org, using the Library’s mobile app, or calling 311 and asking to be connected to the closest Library location.
DC Public Library
Director, Community Engagement
(202) 604-8241 (M)
May 21, 2021
Letter from the Mayor
On Saturday, May 1, more than 1,000 volunteers came out to help neighbors across DC make a plan to get vaccinated. Tomorrow, we will canvass the city again — at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. — and we want you to join us. Now that we have enough vaccine for every resident who wants one, we know that many vaccinations will happen because of conversations between friends, family, and neighbors. Joining us for the Day of Action is an opportunity to share your experience with getting vaccinated with neighbors who might still have questions or concerns.
While we’re out, we’ll make sure people know:
- All people 12 and older are eligible to take the vaccine
- The vaccines are safe, free, and available at walk-up sites across DC
- Now that most capacity limits and restrictions have been lifted in DC, being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 while enjoying all DC has to offer
We will also share information about how residents can get help paying rent and utility bills through the STAY DC program. We need any resident struggling to pay their bills to know that through STAY DC they can get:
- 12 months of back rent paid
- 3-6 months of forward rent paid
- utility (gas, water, and electricity) bills paid
If you want to help us spread the word, go to bit.ly/dayofactiondcand sign up for a canvassing shift.
The DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) recently announced a new tiered structure for the residential parking permit (RPP) fee becomes effective June 1, 2021. The annual fee for a one-year RPP sticker for the first vehicle registered at a legal mailing address will increase from $35 to $50, and additional fees will apply to other vehicles in that household
The RPP allows any DC DMV-registered private vehicle, or vehicle with reciprocity, to be parked without restriction in the permit area of the vehicle’s registered address. To be eligible for an RPP, a resident’s street must be zoned for RPP.
The flat $35 RRP fee has not changed since 2011. The new fee structure that will apply to all eligible vehicles registered at a legal mailing address beginning June 1 is as follows:
- $50 for the first vehicle
- $75 for the second vehicle
- $100 for the third vehicle
- $150 for each vehicle beyond the first three vehicles
An exemption exists for one resident 65 years of age or older per household. They will pay a $35 annual RPP fee for the first vehicle registered at a legal mailing address. The fee for each subsequent vehicle registered at a legal mailing address will be identical to the tiered rates noted above.
“While the cost for many goods and services has increased significantly over the past 10 year, RPP fees have remained unchanged since 2011,” said DC DMV Director Gabriel Robinson. “We believe the new RPP fee structure is fair and equitable for residents who want to park one or more vehicles without restriction in the permit area of their registered address.”
The RPP fee structure was amended through Subtitle H of legislation enacted September 11, 2019 that amended D.C. Municipal Regulation Title 18 § 2415.3
For more information visit dmv.dc.gov/service/residential-parking-permits
Starting May 1, 2021, DC Residents can either:
(1) go to Providence for an unscheduled walk-in COVID-19 shot Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM ; or
(2) Directly schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointments: Providence will still offer 74 to 100 scheduled vaccine appointments each day during the same time frame. To pre-schedule a vaccine appointment, please visit: https://healthcare.ascension.
Please note: The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to al DC residents age 18 and above, regardless of medical conditions. Patients will have to bring their picture ID and insurance card to the appointment.
1. The Mayor has announced that homebound residents can schedue to be vaccinated at home.
DC Health’s Homebound Vaccination Program is now accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments (Moderna vaccine) through our COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center – 1-855-363-0333. As a reminder the call center hours are Monday through Friday 8:00a – 7:00p and Saturday – Sunday 8:00a – 4:00p
2. The Mayor has announced that all residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the covid-19 vaccine. Call 1-855-363-0333 or access and appointment on the computer at vaccinate.dc.gov. Wednesday April 28 is the last day for pre-registration.
Residents 16-17 years of age will be vaccinated by the National Children’s Hospital. To register: national children.org.
3. Check local CVS because these pharmacies continue to vaccinate residents with no appointment necessary.
4. The Mayor has asked for the community’s assistance in getting all DC residents registered to get vaccinated. She is asking that citizens volunteer to go door-to-door to get people registered.
Join us for a citywide day of action as we canvass neighborhoods across DC and get Washingtonians pre-registered.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
9:00 a.m. | 11:00 a.m.| 1:00 p.m.
Register at the following URL
The ground preparation for the building of new town houses to the rear of Saint Joseph’s Seminary has begun in earnest. Earth moving equipment is on site and much work is clearly underway.
The focus is solely to the rear of Saint Joseph’s Seminary. The ground to the front and
sides of the Seminary are expected to remain untouched by the development.
Many abatement features have been implemented as standard practice and in response to the concerns of neighbors. These include prevention of runoff, protection of streetside trees and, importantly, monitoring of vibrations from the heavy machinery.
The developer is EYA, a well known company for urban community construction. for more information on the new development, see the EYA website at,