The location of the FCEC with the 4800 Nannie Helen ‘Complex’ provides it access to a 3600sqft space that will be set up as a Distribution Center and hub to provide perishables and other necessities. The FCEC will partner with other organizations that already focus on getting supplies to various communities by offering the Distribution Center as a logistics hub. For its part, the FCEC will have its own supplies to distribute and will develop an online and in person option for acquiring supplies.  Some of the organizations for whom the FCEC can provide logistical support are, Food for all DC, SOME (So Others Might Eat), DC Food Project, Dreaming out Loud and DC Greens.

In line with its commitment as a lifeline to the community, the FCEC has been awarded a grant through the Prince Charitable Trusts. With support from Prince Charitable Trusts, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) has formed new partnerships and engaged in a multi-year community-driven planning process in the Far Northeast neighborhoods of Ward 7 to support climate action. This upcoming year is an opportunity to take that engagement to the next level. Community members will go beyond informing government action to actually becoming integral partners in implementation.

Launch a resilience hub in Ward 7: Based on decision and processes followed during the 2019/2020 meetings the group will focus on actually delivering a resilience hub in Ward 7. This will involve building out a business plan for a resilience hub at one or both of the selected sites, identifying and training staff to operate the hub, and pursuing funding opportunities to resource the hub and support operations.

Integrate the resilience hub into District emergency management protocols: In addition to developing a strategy for opening and operating the hub, the Resilience Hub Community Committee (RHCC) and District government will develop a governance structure that integrates the hub into official District emergency management protocols. RHCC members will work with District staff to identify how the government will designate a site an official hub and how it will interact with existing and needed government emergency response activities.

In 2018, DOEE convened The Equity Advisory Group (EAG) to develop a set of recommendations on how to implement the District’s climate plans in Ward 7 neighborhoods along the Watts Branch tributary of the Anacostia River. This community was chosen because, based on the District’s climate vulnerability report, it is expected to see disproportionate impacts of climate change. One of the main recommendations of the 2018 EAG was to create community resilience hubs in Ward 7. In 2019, DOEE and the Green Scheme began a second iteration of the process, this time focusing specifically on what a Ward 7 hub should look like. As a result of that finding, a Resilience Hub Community Committee (RHCC) made up of 16 community members was formed. They have been convening monthly to determine what services hubs should offer, potential partnerships for running the hubs, and sites for hubs. This upcoming year, DOEE and the FCEC will build on this work by supporting the current members of the RHCC to continue meeting and to build out more concrete business and operation plans for the hubs at selected sites. RHCC members have clearly stated that they envision a hub that is a partnership between a community-based organization and the government. They have also recommended that the community should be central in operating the hub. The RHCC will allow community members to make core decisions as the project goes from vision to reality. In the coming year, the RHCC will focus on the sites they have identified and devise solutions to get the hub resourced, staffed, and eventually opened.

Given the current recommendations and forth coming requirements for wearing face-masks, leadership at the FCEC have done extensive research on how best to ramp up face-mask production for the 10,000 citizens of Deanwood and expanding to the remaining 60,000+ citizens of Ward 7. A cloth mask design that has the capacity to allow for the insertion of a non-woven filter for extra protection has been developed, which also includes an air valve. The FCEC has targeted a group of community members that are able to produce about 75 masks per day/person. The objective is to reach a 1,500 masks per day capacity in order to have the immediate and necessary impact for donating masks and those for the consumer market.  At least 30% of proceeds from sold masks will revert back to the mask donation project.