DC Center Petition for a Permanent Home
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DC Center Petition for a Permanent Home

DC Center Petition for a Permanent Home

    1. David Mariner
    2. Petition by

      David Mariner

      Washington, DC

The DC Center has been proudly serving as the anchor for the Metro DC LGBT community for 10 years. We provide services and programs that are on par with any other world-class city yet unlike other major cities we still don't have a permanent place to call home.

In the past four years alone we've moved three times. Next year our lease is up and we'll be moving yet again. Our main focus should be on serving you better but unfortunately we've been forced to put in countless time and resources into finding us a new home every few years.

Not too long ago we had funding set aside by the city to help us with a down payment for a building. However like many other LGBT non-profits our budget was slashed and we were back to square one.

But there's hope!

Just last month a bid came out for premium storefront space at the Reeves Municipal Building. It's situated in the heart of our "Gayborhood", just a block from where we currently reside and the lease is long-term. It's absolutely perfect for the DC Center and we want to claim this as a permanent home.

We need YOU to sign this petition and send it to everyone you know to show the city of DC that the DC center should have a permanent home and that the Reeves Municipal Building is the right place for it.

Thank you so much for your support!

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    • Donte Hunter WASHIJNGTON,, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the GLBTQIA community center of DC needs a permanent home instead of moving from place to place and it can also serve the community.

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    • Cassandra A X, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been attending a group hosted by the DC Center for years now and I can't imagine my life without the support it has provided me. I always look forward to my bi-monthly visits to the DC Center.

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    • Scott Wells WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      D.C. needs a permanent GLBT home!

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    • Dr. Marvin Carter WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      DC really needs a stable place to direct GLBTQ folks to. The DC Center is this place.

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    • Muriel Bowser WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      April 23, 2012

      Brian Hanlon, Interim Director

      District Department of General Services

      2000 14th Street, NW, 8th Floor

      Washington, DC 20009

      Dear Director Hanlon:

      I write today in support of a proposal by the DC Center for the LGBT Community (DC Center) to relocate from their current office at 1318 U Street NW to vacant space at the Reeve’s Municipal Center pursuant to a Request for Offers to Lease issued February 27, 2012 by your Department. The DC Center has been providing quality programming and services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community of the DC metropolitan region for over 9 years. It is notable that as the DC Center enters its 10th year of service to the LGBT community that it is still without a permanent home. Also noteworthy is the fact the similar Centers in other major metropolitan areas receive significant support from their cities and have much larger spaces.

      I understand that in just the past four years alone the DC Center has had to move three times. As you can imagine, any time spent planning and executing one move, let alone three in four years, takes away from time and energy spent serving this community and their core mission of being a steady support system for the LGBT population. The DC Center’s current lease expires in June of 2013 and they obviously would like to have their new -- and hopefully permanent home -- identified as soon as possible.

      The footprint that the DC Center seeks at the Reeve’s Center is 2,468 square feet of ground floor, store front space. This space, more than double the square footage currently occupied by the Center, will provide an anchor for them to continue to flourish and grow in its next decade of service and build upon the many close relationships it has built on since moving to the U Street Corridor neighborhood nearly 2 years ago. It would also afford them the possibility of providing office and meeting space to any number of LGBT organizations such as Reel Affirmations, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Metropolitan Washington, the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Latino LGBT History Project and Metro DC Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

      Some highlights of services offered by the DC Center:

      • Over 12,000 community members attended events and participated in Center programs

      • Over 5,000 cards were distributed to the community with information on public safety and tips on reducing personal risk to crime

      • Over 120,000 condoms were distributed to LGBT-owned nightlife establishments

      • SAGE-DC launched the Friendly Visitor program providing support to the LGBT elder population

      • Smoking cessation classes were offered and DC Center staff, volunteers and interns worked on reducing tobacco use in the LGBT community

      I strongly support the DC Center’s bid and hope you agree that the merits of its locating in this space are significant for not just the DC Center, but for the LGBT community and its allies as well.

      Sincerely,

      Muriel Bowser

      Councilmember, Ward 4

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