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Application Period Now Open: Pepco Customers Can Receive Cash Grants to Help Pay Energy Bills

In the 2018 LIHEAP program year, Pepco connected customers with $11.5 million in energy assistance


WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 28, 2019) – Pepco customers can now apply for energy bill assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland can receive more than $1,000 in grant support toward their energy bill by applying through their local program.


“We are committed to providing our valued customers with affordable energy service,” said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. “Each year, LIHEAP provides a very important resource for customers that need financial support. Our teams work extremely hard and collaboratively with local community organizations and governmental agencies to make sure our customers are aware of this vital funding. We are taking the important step to remind our customers to apply as early as possible to ensure they receive the assistance they need.”


Grant eligibility differs by state and is based on a customer’s annual household income and size. A customer’s annual household income cannot exceed 175 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. Homeowners, renters, roomers, and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible. Customers do not have to be behind on their bills to receive a grant. 


Maryland’s maximum income eligibility requirements are as follows:


•$21,858 - One-person household

•$29,593 - Two-person household

•$37,328 - Three-person household

•$45,063 - Four-person household


Washington, D.C.’s maximum income eligibility requirements are as follows:


•$30,918 - One-person household

•$40,431 - Two-person household

•$49,944 - Three-person household

•$59,457 - Four-person household


In Maryland, customers can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance through the Department of Human Services website, by visiting a Local Administering Agency, or by calling the Office of Home Energy Programs at 800-332-6347. Customers in the District of Columbia can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance through the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), by visiting one of DOEE’s Energy Centers, or by calling 311.


In the 2018 program year, Pepco’s customer advocate team connected nearly 19,000 customers with more than $11,500,000 million in LIHEAP assistance. In addition to LIHEAP, Pepco provides customers several ways to save money and manage energy costs. My Account provides a web-based interactive tool, giving customers a detailed analysis of personal electric use and offers helpful ways to save. Customers can visit to learn more about available energy assistance programs and tips to save money and energy.


Pepco works with customers who may have difficulty paying their energy bill. Through payment options such as flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans or budget billing. This program averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly electricity costs. Customers who may be struggling to make a payment should contact Pepco as soon as possible at 202-833-7500.


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Linda Bunch | Administrative Coordinator


Pepco | Governmental and External Affairs

Welcome to Wakanda!!!!

We look forward to seeing everyone as we transform Manor Park into Wakanda!!!! Come out and watch the Black Panther Capital City Public Charter School, 100 Peabody Street NW, on August 23rd beginning at 7pm. We will have games, face painting from The Art Room courtesy of Rain, a dance off, costume contest and of course a great night of movie watching under the stars.  We will also be collecting backpacks with school supplies for our Manor Park youth as they head back to school. 


To make a donation for this even, please visit:


Your donations make events like this possible.


Thank you in advance and see you in Wakanda!

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Takoma Dog Park Highlights Busy June ANC 4B Meeting

News from the Mayor's Office of the Clean City

With regard to a constituent request for more signage within the SMD about leashing your dog and picking up dog waste I received the following response from Julie Lawson, Director, Mayor’s Office of the Clean City:


“Signage around the Rec center is at the discretion of DPR. They will be at the June 4B meeting to talk about the pending Takoma dog park once the Coolidge work is done so that is a good time to raise the question.


For Fort Slocum/3rd Street, my office is working with Rock Creek Park NPS unit to extend our Pride Is Picking Up campaign to their facilities, both to the main park as well as smaller parcels like the Fort Circle Parks and along Madison Street. Their intention is to incorporate leash education alongside our pet waste messaging and materials. I hope to have an update on the progress of that as soon as next week.”

What to do about Takoma Recreation Center

Many constituents have reached out to me via private message and Nextdoor with concerns regarding the systemic issues which continue to persist at Takoma Recreation Center.  From child locks that are in operable, to filthy and overheated bathrooms to programmatic and safety concerns; I have heard you all. 


As you may know, the recreation center is not within my single member district so there is little I can do unilaterally to solve these issues.  Thus, I am working with several of my colleagues on the Commission to develop a comprehensive approach to working with the applicable DC government agencies, including but not limited to, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of General Services, Metropolitan Police Department and Office of Neighborhood and Safety Engagement to formulate a plan to address the communities concerns. 


The Commissioners will be discussing this topic during our June planning meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:30pm at the 4th District Police Station community room.  While the public is welcome to attend our planning meetings they cannot speak on the record. 


Please be advised that the Department of Parks and Recreation will be at our monthly community meeting on June 24, 2019 at 7pm also at the 4th District police station community room.

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Permit Application for 5901 Blair Road NW

I am in receipt of a permit application for 5901 Blair Rd NW (DCRA Building Application No B1903451/DDOT Construction Permit Application 323730).  CAS Engineering DC, LLC is proposing to build a four (4) story commercial building with a rooftop penthouse.  See February 21, 2019 Letter to DDOT.


It appears that while the initial permit application to DDOT was uploaded into their d.TOPS system on 12.21.18, it was only just assigned to me after my certification as your Commissioner and my swearing in.  We have until March 14th to decide regarding this application.


I have reviewed the site and plans and do not have any immediate concerns, however, I will not decide on the efficacy of this application without giving my constituents an opportunity to voice their concerns, if any. 


Please take a few moments to review the attached letter from CAS Engineering DC, LLC and provide your questions, comments, concerns regarding this application to or contact me at 202.271.3710. 


 I had a very helpful telephone conversation with David Gorman from Pier 7, the developer for this proposed development.  He confirmed that the new development will be a storage facility. 

As stated above, I along with several residents, and business owners, were concerned of having a 3rd storage facility within a block radius of each other.  In addition, everyone I spoke with was concerned about the impact on traffic both during construction and after.  For this reason I initially objected to the plans for this development.

Following my conversation with Mr. Gorman, I see there is a methodology to choosing this business model.  The parcel of land on which this address resides is zoned as PD3 which is specifically and only for industrial land and does not allow for residential use.  While it could e used for retail/restaurant use, the entire parcel is about 100,000 square feet.  Based on their research, divvying it up among several different retail and restaurant entities is not a financially viable option for the stakeholders. 

Pier 7 currently has another storage facility property at 12th and Taylor Streets NW, which is an exemplar of the building at this site.  As with the 12th and Taylor site, this new site will have a green roof to include solar power as well as car sharing, bike racks and shower stalls. 

The developer has completed a DDOT traffic study and construction plan which also includes how the construction and eventual business traffic will tie into the Metropolitan Branch Trail which is scheduled to run down Blair Rd.  Pier 7's goal is to use Oglethorpe for construction purposes to ensure both lanes North and South on Blair Road remain unobstructed. 

Lastly, Pier 7 has been in communication with the owners of Secure Self Storage, out of New York, and the DC Humane Society, both of which are agreeable to this plan.

For these reasons, I have amended my objection to an approval of the proposed permit for this location.

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