What’s next: June 11 – Show DMPED we’re watching! and ongoing one-to-one conversations within the parish
As a new member of the Washington Interfaith Network, we need your help to strengthen our ties to other WIN member organizations and deepen our relationships within St. Mark’s.
RESERVATION 13 – WIN’s response to Developer Proposals + Please Follow the Link to send a template email to DMPED by This Friday, June 11!
WIN has had a team of leaders analyze the proposals and the affordability numbers based upon WIN’s standards — which call for ⅓ below 30% MFI (Median Family Income, a similar measure to Area Median Income which the District uses in its official documents), ⅓ below 60% MFI and based upon the city’s requirement of ⅓ below 60% MFI and ⅓ below 120% MFI.
Not one of the proposals meets the standards of affordability set out by the city in the RFP, let alone the standards that WIN is calling for.
We know these standards are not just aspirational. This type of project is possible, especially on public land. As you know, WIN worked to ensure that the housing at NW1 (Temple Courts) will be ⅓ below 30% MFI and ⅓ below 60% MFI in perpetuity. Let’s do it again!
This is a key opportunity to maximize the use of the District’s public land. We are telling DMPED to ask each development team to go back to their proposals and increase the levels of affordability, especially the numbers of units below 30% MFI and 60% MFI, and ensure that each team offers opportunities for mixed income homeownership.
Send DMPED a letter and send the developers back to the drawing board! Public comment is open until this Friday:
Feb. 14: Of change and being changed – Michele
Vestry votes to join WIN and contribute dues for 2021. At its December 21, 2020 meeting, the St. Mark’s vestry passed a motion to contribute $3000 as 2021 membership dues to WIN.
The Vestry’s commitment recognizes and supports the many St. Mark’s parishioners who are ready to balance inward reflection with concrete action for social justice in the city. Over two years, our Realm email group has grown to 50 parishioners, driving great turnout and energy at WIN Zoom events in November and December. Membership is endorsed by the Outreach Board and the Rector and approved by the Finance Committee.
We are very excited to join with 42 other churches, mosques, synagogues and community organizations to address community issues and hold elected and corporate officials accountable in Washington, DC.
St. Mark’s stands up at WIN Action meeting (12/8/20). Eighteen parishioners attended the December 8 WIN Action meeting (total 150+ attendees) to hear about WIN’s 2020 accomplishments and plans for 2021. St. Mark’s received a special shout-out for being one of the three top participants, along with Adas Israel Metropolitan AME. Fifteen hardy souls joined the St. Mark’s debrief immediately after.
Parishioner comments from the debrief:
Diverse group, involvement of lots of different churches, list of organizational affiliations, energy, discussion of power, success, meeting efficiency – well-organized and lots of information conveyed, focus and intensity, mentioning Pepco, the Mayor, other officials, MANY members from across the city (and good friendships among them), “turning the world upside down” the prayer at the end brought tears to my eyes, a yearning, Goal-driven, a plan for a new project (i.e., Leadership Development course in 2021), diversity of people from the city, success of organized power, so many different churches participate, the accomplishments were well explained, feels so good to be a part of this group.
2020. It’s been a year of awakening at St. Mark’s, as it has across DC and across the country. Through worship, study, and action in the streets, parishioners have deepened their awareness and their concern regarding systemic racism and other social justice issues and to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement. A growing number of us are working with the Washington Interfaith Network to turn our concerns into the concrete action so urgently needed.
WIN in DC. For 24 years, the Washington Interfaith Network has made a difference in DC. Just in 2020, it helped to get over $150 million for public housing, community-based safety, and Immigrant Justice Legal Services.
WIN accomplishes its goals by working from the ground up through one-on-one conversations in communities across the city through religious institutions, community organizations, and labor unions. This work is sustained by thousands of individuals across WIN member institutions and funds that support WIN staff and training for WIN members.
Co-founder in 1996. St. Mark’s was a founding member of WIN in 1996, providing strong participation and funding. Since 2018, we’re again moving into a stronger and deeper relationship with WIN. Our participation has grown from six parishioners two years ago to 18 this spring to 44 after a Zoom meeting with WIN early in November. At that meeting, parishioners expressed strong interest in the affordable housing planned for Reservation 13. They are interested in ensuring good grocery store options, sustainable development with green space and river access, and accountability for the DC government and developers for promises made.