Six years after uniting to fight poor housing conditions and a condominium conversion, the Norwood 1417 N St NW Cooperative will join Councilmembers in Logan Circle for colorful, festive grand opening – a triumph for affordable housing
WASHINGTON – Inspired six years ago to transform themselves from disgruntled individuals into an association of concerned residents willing to fight for their quality of life in the halls of the Wilson building and on social media, the residents of the Norwood 1417 N Street NW Cooperative will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, October 29th, from 12:30-7pm. After speeches from Councilmembers and the ribbon cutting ceremony from 12:30-1:30 pm, a cultural celebration will continue until 7 pm. The celebration is expected to attract 150 people and includes food, music, a theatrical performance on the story of the Norwood, and a traditional Guatemalan carpet made of sawdust depicting the building. The Norwood is home to a large number of Latino families, professionals and employees who work at nearby restaurants, hotels, stores – and even the White House. Their story is a shining example of what is possible when residents join their neighbors to keep their housing affordable and the DC government prioritizes the public funding necessary to make the preservation of affordable housing in the District a reality. Members set up a blog and a Twitter account to share their story as well as organized health fairs and summits on bedbugs in the District and on Capitol Hill. With the help of a loan for 9.7 million dollars from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the organizing work of the Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), the Norwood improved housing conditions and purchased the building – an outcome that many DC residents are fighting for all across the city.
WHAT: The Norwood 1417 N Street NW Cooperative Grand Opening
WHERE: 1417 N Street NW (12:30-1:30 ceremony with public officials); 5 Thomas Circle NW at National City Christian Church (1:30p-7:00p for cultural celebration)
WHEN: Saturday, October 29th, 2011, 12:30-7 pm
WHO: DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown; Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans; DHCD Director John Hall; Office of the Tenant Advocate Director Johanna Shreve; Board and members of the new Norwood 1417 N Street NW Cooperative; LEDC; MLK Junior Latino Cooperative; Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development