Councilmember Cheh to introduce DC Clean Team program to Ward 3 businesses

Ward 3 Clean Team functions as a transitional employment opportunity for returning citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today at 11:00 am Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D–Ward 3) will hold a press conference to introduce the Clean Team program to businesses along the Connecticut Avenue corridor in Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and Van Ness. Officials from the Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, which provides the DC Clean Team service for Ward 3, will be available to provide detailed information about the history of the program and the functions of the DC Clean Team in Ward 3.

“I am eager to introduce this great program to the businesses located along the Connecticut Avenue corridor in Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and Van Ness,” said Cheh. “Not only does the Clean Team in Ward 3 provide litter cleanup, recycling, illegal signage removal, and maintenance of the public space, the team in Ward 3 also provides a great job training opportunity for returning citizens. Finding and maintaining employment is one of the leading predictors of recidivism reduction among formerly incarcerated adults. The Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Collaborative has developed a program that assists individuals in addressing their immediate and long-term needs, improving their education, and reducing their employment deficits – all of which have been shown to reduce the risk of recidivism. Ward 3 and the entire District will benefit greatly from this program.”

WHO:              Councilmember Mary M. Cheh

Penelope Griffith, Executive Director, Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative

Ronald Wingard – Clean Team Crew Chief

Chris McClellan – Clean Team Crew Chief

Suprabha Beckjord, Business Owner, Transcendence-Perfection-Bliss of the Beyond & Cleveland Park Business Association Member

WHAT:           A press conference introducing the DC Clean Team program to the Connecticut Avenue business corridor in Ward 3.

WHEN:           Friday, March 21, 2014

11:00 am


WHERE:         Transcendence-Perfection-Bliss of the Beyond

3428 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008



 In the District’s FY14 budget, Councilmember Cheh secured $500,000 to increase funding for the DC Clean Team grant program throughout the District, including the new team in Ward 3 along the Connecticut Avenue corridor. The Columbia Heights / Shaw Family Support Collaborative (CH/SFSC) was awarded a grant from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development to implement commercial corridor litter cleanup, recycling, illegal signage removal, and other additional clean team services in the Woodley Park, Cleveland Park and Van Ness commercial district areas. The team provides targeted maintenance of public space, specifically cleaner streets, sidewalks, and storefronts to help attract more pedestrians and customers to the commercial corridors.

The Woodley Park service area includes: Cathedral Avenue NW to Calvert Street NW; Cleveland Park service area includes: Macomb Street NW to Porter Street NW; and the Van Ness service area includes: Tilden Street NW to Albermarle Street NW. The Clean Team operation in these areas will run through September 30, 2014.  CH/SFSC Clean Team Program (CLP) operates Monday through Saturday and the hours of operation are: Monday – Friday hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm.



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