It’s been a long road for the neighbors who live near 1300 Congress Street SE, where the Peaceoholics are building a 13-unit transitional living facility for at-risk young men. Since I covered the initial flare-up
in April, the group has appealed to the media and all levels of city government, garnering Washington Post
profiles for neighbor Tonette Sivells
, hell-raising ANC commissioner Sandra Seegars
, and the Peaceoholics’ Ron Moten
. While Sivells has been doing the rounds of the city’s ANCs to raise awareness about clustering of community-based residential facilities, the Peaceoholics have been presenting at community associations to explain their methods and use of public funds.
At 2 p.m. Monday, the Housing and Workforce Development Committee will hold a public oversight roundtable on the $4.4 million the Peaceoholics got to construct their three experimental youth facilities, focusing especially on the Congress Heights location. Which doesn’t mean anything will happen, or that anything new will be learned–but you never know with this story.
Peaceoholics Neighbors Get Their Day in the Council was originally published by Washington City Paper on Jul 10, 2010