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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 Coalition (RHCC) made up of 16 community members was formed. 

Programming

In steady-state promote community preparedness, resident well-being and trust building. During a disruption, programming transitions to meet community needs including refrigeration, charging, information, communication etc.

Operation

On-site personnel to support programming and during disruption enhanced personnel, augmented by volunteers and supplies to respond to demand and emergency supplies needed.

Structure

Space to meet regular programming goals but built/enhanced to withstand extreme weather and accommodate extra demand.

Communication

During steady state continue to build community trust in communication so that during disruption it facilitates emergency communications through trusted community channels; partners with government to ensure consistent messaging.

Power

During steady state it receives energy from the grid but during disruption it must become an island with back-up power that is supplemented perhaps by generator.

These hubs will be well used community assets that enhance resilience before, during and after disruptions by uplifting existing community resources and providing capacity to respond to community needs such as during the current pandemic. The Hub is geared to respond to community stressors such as food access, public safety, flooding, unemployment, poverty, resource allocation, gentrification, mental health, air quality, access to information, perception of Ward 7 and political divide.  As we have witnessed during the COVID19 pandemic, these stressors that are not abstract and are in fact part of the normative pattern that spike to dangerous levels and put an already vulnerable community into further despair. The importance of a Resilience Hub has become even more vital and the urgency for implementation crucial, as we watch the socio-economic and health impact of the COVID19 pandemic.