Photo showing tents lined up on a sidewalk under a bridge.
credit: Photo by Sean McBride
December 5, 2019 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm
The Father McKenna Center
19 I Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Eric Falquero
202-347-2006 x 13

Do you live or work in the NoMa area? Join Street Sense Media for a town hall-style moderated conversation about city and community responses to tent encampments and the people who rely on them. The discussion will be focused on the attendees’ comments and questions. A panel of officials and experts, including housed and unhoused NoMa residents, will be on hand to participate.

We are grateful to The Father McKenna Center for sponsoring space for this event. They are located within St. Aloysius Church on the Gonzaga College High School campus. This venue is within walking distance of Union Station and the most prominent NoMa encampments.

  • Doors open 5:45 p.m.
  • Discussion 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Networking until 8 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP through Eventbrite.

Questions? Contact our editor, Eric Falquero, at [email protected].

Confirmed Panelists

  • Reina Sultan, NoMa resident (housed)
  • Michael Harris, NoMa resident (unhoused)
  • Keith Mantel, NoMa resident (housed)
  • Aaron Howe, PhD candidate who conducted ethnographic research in the NoMa encampments
  • Ann Marie Staudenmaier, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless


  • Mark Segraves, NBC4

Declined Invitations

  • The NoMa Business Improvement District
    • Reason: After publishing an open letter online outlining numerous responses to the encampments, the CEO said the organization prefers to attend this event in a listening capacity.
  • The Office of Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
    • Reason: The District is the subject of pending litigation regarding how unclaimed property is handled during encampment cleanups and cannot participate in a discussion that may relate to this case. The communications director for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services welcomed specific questions and can be reached at (202) 716-5126 or [email protected]



  • If you are using GPS, the address is 19 Eye Street, NW.  You can park in the garage at Gonzaga, which is under the football field.
  • Enter from 1st and I Streets, NW (behind Walmart).
  • Take I Street toward the circle. On the other side of the circle is a purple sign for Gonzaga Parking.
  • Go through the circle, take a right down the alley and then a left into the parking structure.  If you park at the far wall, you will be closest to the stairs (on your left) that lead up to street level.
  • Open the gate facing North Capitol Street by pressing the black button on the brick column.
  • Go around immediately to the left and into the McKenna Center – in the basement of the church.

Metro, Rideshare, Walking, Etc

  • The street address is 900 North Capitol Street, NW.
  • Enter The Father McKenna Center on street level, to the left of the stairs to the church.


Thank you to our sponsors!

The Father McKenna Center Inc logo


The National Cannabis Festival logo

(Audio Equipment)