Business Carvel Ice Empowering
Workshop Cream/ Citizens for
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Opens in Tivoli Community
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laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s communities
of Columbia Heights
Stakes Continue to Increase for
Affordable Housing Preservation PlAn on It!
The stakes for affordable housing across the District are higher than tenant purchase
ever. Market forces are continuing to push housing costs higher, even training starts with a
as city government broadens its efforts to control rent, fund new
affordable housing and provide rental subsidies. bang.
Home builders were issued permits for 2,860 DCCH is halfway through a summer
new housing units last year, a 40-year high and series of six sessions on the tenant
a 50% increase from the previous year. A study purchase process, exercising tenant
by the Urban Institute found housing prices rights under DC law and organizational
leveling off in wealthier neighborhoods, but development.
prices continue to climb steeply in areas such
as Columbia Heights that were traditionally Residents of nine Columbia Heights
less expensive. The growth in both sales prices apartment complexes are participating
and construction/rehabilitation activity was and the response has been enthusiastic.
concentrated in apartments and condominiums,
rather than single-family homes. continued on page 2
Apartment buildings covered by Section 8 rental subsidies might seem
insulated from market pressures, but only while their contracts with HUD
continue. The Urban Institute study showed one out of every two Section 8
housing units in Ward 1 are expiring during 2006. Development Corporation of Columbia Heights
3419 14th St. Washington, DC 20010
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This tenant purchase train-
ing is an integral part of SHow me tHe money carvel ice cream/cinnabon opens in
DCCH’s affordable hous-
get your business ready for fall tivoli square
ing preservation activity. Columbia Heights residents may have noticed a sweet smell
It is aimed at residents of DCCH will be holding a series of business training classes during the month of
buildings with rental sub- August for business owners and future entrepreneurs. This is part of a series in the air at Tivoli Square. Now open at 3307 14th Street, NW,
sidies under HUD Section of courses that DCCH will be offering to provide businesses with the skills and Carvel Ice Cream/Cinnabon Bakery is providing residents with a
8, and in several cases
knowledge necessary to do business in the changing business environment. new alternative.
DCCH is also working di-
rectly with tenant associa- The training sessions will Thursday, August 10 WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN FOR Carvel Ice Cream/
tions to incorporate and cover three topics: LSDBE 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. SUCCESS Cinnabon sells a variety
take concrete steps to- certification, financial basics Development Corporation Writing a business plan of treats that are made
ward purchasing and re- and business plans. of Columbia Heights is an intimidating process. on site daily. Customers
developing their buildings. 3419 14th Street, NW Not only do you have to can choose between
LSDBE WORKSHOP be able to explain your ice cream, cinnabuns
Topics covered by Are you a catering business BUSINESS FINANCIAL BASICS product, but you also have and frozen beverages.
FROM A TO Z
the training include, that is looking to expand to develop a long-term Although many people
but aren’t limited to: your client base? Have you
Have you ever wondered
strategy for your company. are familiar with the ways to improve your
what an income statement
conducting effective ever wondered how your This course will demystify the ice cream, Carvel also
is and why it is necessary for
meetings; building stron- cleaning business can get process by explaining each specializes in cakes
a business to have one? Are
ger tenant associations; an edge in obtaining a section and providing you for all occasions. For
you curious about funding
strategizing and deci- government contract? Have with the best approaches businesses or individuals
your start-up business?
you ever been interested in for writing each section.
sion making; exercis- seeking to spice up their
This session will teach you
ing tenants’ first right to conducting business with the gatherings, Carvel also
the basics of finance and
purchase; the devel- Washington, DC government? Friday, August 18 caters events.
will provide you with an
opment process; and If your answer to any of these 6 – 8 p.m. Meet your neighbors
overview of the subject
questions is yes, then this Development Corporation Aaron Lancaster, who also owns a Carvel at Rivertowne Commons
negotiation skills. so that you can better With our busy lives, people often forget to take the time to meet
workshop is for you. The LSDBE of Columbia Heights in Oxon Hill, Maryland, brought the franchise to Columbia Heights the people that live next door. Take a few minutes to knock on
understand why finance is
(Local Small Disadvantaged 3419 14th Street, NW because he saw an opportunity to open a business in a diverse area your neighbor’s door and find out their name. You never know
Dates of the final three so important to your start-up
Business Enterprise Program) where development is taking place. For Lancaster, the business’ when you may need to borrow some flour or a screwdriver.
sessions are listed be- or existing business.
workshop will provide you To register, please contact location has special meaning. During the civil rights movement, his
low. DCCH expects to
with information about how to Nzinga Hyman at 202-483- grandfather was not able to go into Tivoli Square.
conduct further training Friday, August 25
obtain the LSDBE certification, 4986 or email@example.com.
for residents of Section 8 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
from how to complete the With all of the franchises available, Lancaster chose Carvel Ice Cream/ Organize a block clean-up
apartments later in the Development Corporation Not only is this a way to make your block look better, but it is
application to hints about Cinnabon because, “people love ice cream… It is a happy and easy
fall, so stay tuned! of Columbia Heights also an opportunity to work alongside the people that you see
gaining the business once you product for people to enjoy.” As a small business owner, Lancaster
3419 14th Street, NW everyday and get to know them.
obtain the certification. spends a great deal of time involved in the daily operation of the
business. Given the demands of a small business, Lancaster finds that
CommUnIty ConCeRnS... continued from page 1 the hardest part about starting a new business is finding the balance
between family time and the business. For aspiring entrepreneurs,
Saturday, August 26 Ward 1 will continue to be the tax on property transfers. of inflation, with a cap of 5%. Lancaster offers this advice, “Be prepared to work around the clock
The city’s Housing Produc- The law also places a limit Help an elderly neighbor
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. a flashpoint in the struggle seven days a week.” Also, entrepreneurs need to make sure that they Check on your elderly neighbors to make sure that they are okay
to preserve affordable tion Trust Fund, which funds on one-time increases to budget enough capital for the first year of operations.
National 4-H and that they do not need assistance. Elderly people may not get
housing because it is home affordable housing construc- vacant apartments, which
Conference Center out as much during the day and having someone stop by to visit
to one-fifth of the expiring tion, will increase by $15 closes a loophole that was will mean a lot to them.
Chevy Chase, MD
Section 8 units in the entire million annually. In addition, widely exploited when build-
city. We can walk down a total of $63 million in new ings were sold. This new limit People love ice cream…
Tuesday, September 12
virtually any block of our funds will be generated for is 10% of the previous rent, or
6 – 9 p.m.
neighborhood and see supportive programs, such as up to the amount charged It is a happy and easy product Watch for suspicious activity in the
NCBA Estates the Local Rent Supplement for an identical apart-
evidence of apartments neighborhood and report it to the police
2801 14th Street being converted to condos or Program, Emergency Assis- ment in the same building. If you see something that does not look right on your block, be
to luxury apartments. Many tance to Prevent Evictions, for people to enjoy. sure to call the police. This may not only stop a crime from being
Saturday, September 23 residents find themselves Homeless No More, and the For assistance on housing committed, but it may also keep people from targeting your block.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. asking, will we be next? Energy Assistance Program. matters, tenant organiz-
- Aaron Lancaster
National 4-H ing or training on tenants’
Conference Center Gentrification continues to Council also changed the First Right to Purchase,
Chevy Chase, MD be a hot topic on City Coun- city’s rent control law to limit contact the DCCH Afford-
To find out more ways on how Attend Advisory Neighborhood
Commission (ANC) meetings
cil’s hit list. In an effort to rent increases to 2% plus the able Housing Preservation you can help improve your community ANC meetings are a good time to find out what is going on in your
fund a variety of low income rate of inflation. Elderly and Division at 202-483-4986.
housing programs, Council disabled residents will have please contact us at 202-483-4986 neighborhood and to provide your input and opinions on various
issues affecting your community.
recently voted to increase their rent limited to the rate
or visit our website at www.dcch.org
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OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ROBERT L. MOORE
PRESIDENT & CEO
Empowering Citizens for a Developing
The Neighborhood Jobs Initiative
(NJI) has been registering new
participants, empowering citizens
through the new and improved Jobs
Clubs, and connecting residents
with jobs. Over 40 persons have
registered or inquired about the
program since mid-April. Included
are persons living in Maryland and
other quadrants of Washington, DC.
The Jobs Club, a three-week, 20 hours per week employment
JONATHAN HERRING and training program, not only includes a taped mock interview,
CHAPLAIN completing applications, and ways to job search, but more usage of
the computer for assessments, on-line applications, virtual interviews,
DCCH STAFF and navigating through applications. New information such as 27
SHIRLEY B. COOPER Jobs Search Mistakes by Dick Gaither to assist applicants, managing
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT money, and a networking session are included as well as customer
service, basic life skills, how to keep and advance on a job, and
RECEPTIONIST completing new hire forms. The Jobs Club is very interactive and also
includes some fun activities with awards given everyday.
COMPTROLLER A highlight of a recent Jobs Club was a networking session with
Rachel Lewis, career counselor from Academy of Hope; Katrina
ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT Brower, relationship manager/business banking from PNC Bank; and
Joseph Jackson, manager of Enterprising Staffing Solutions. They
JAMES SPEIGHT III discussed the importance of education, jobs available and the skills
DIRECTOR OF AFFORDABLE needed, and other assistance.
JOHN ENAGONIO Participants of the Jobs Club and other enrollees recently have been
ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER hired at a supermarket, a hospital, an apartment complex, with a
temp agency, a hotel and at DCCH.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION
For dates of future Jobs Club or for further information, contact
Elaine Chase or Mercedes Coreas at (202) 483-4986.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
NZINGA HYMAN The Development Corporation of Columbia Heights
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
is a progressive, independent, non-profit community
G. CAROLINA REYNOSO development corporation. We are dedicated to improving
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
quality of life for residents and business owners in the
ELAINE CHASE Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.
JOBS CLUB COORDINATOR
NEIGHBORHOOD JOBS INITIATIVE
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