Legislation will require the District to work with funders and the Children’s Playtime Project to identify a possible site for the playground within 30 days.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced legislation that would require the Mayor to allow the construction of a playground for the family homeless shelter at DC General. Cheh introduced this legislation after discovering that the Mayor failed to act on a generous offer by the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. The organization was successful in soliciting donations from several local businesses, including Pepco, to fund the entire cost of constructing a playground at DC General. This legislation calls for the Mayor to identify possible sites for the playground on DC General’s property within 30 days and to work with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and its funders to support the construction of a playground there as soon as possible.
“The ability to play in a safe and fun environment is something we owe all District children, especially those whose families are homeless. Although many may view something like a playground as a minor amenity, for the children living at DC General, a playground can help reduce the stress and trauma of homelessness,” said Cheh. “And it simply lets children be children. Of course, the District should promptly close DC General in favor of more suitable and permanent housing for families, but that will not happen immediately. In the interim, the children at DC General deserve the right to play.”