Photo of pedestrians, tents, and the "Rain" light installation in the M Street underpass in NoMa.
credit: Photo by Sean McBride
January 23, 2020 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm
The Father McKenna Center
900 North Capitol Street NW
Eric Falquero
202-347-2006 x 13

Building on the attendance, engagement, and positive feedback from our first community town hall on the NoMa encampments, Street Sense Media is hosting a second event with a similar format. By request from NoMa residents who attended the first event, the panelists will be exclusively community members proposing specific, actionable solutions. We’re returning to the same venue and inviting a variety of city officials to join other stakeholders in the audience and participate in the conversation.

  • Doors open 5:45 p.m.
  • Discussion 6:15 p.m. – 7:05 p.m.
  • Breakout sessions 7:10 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Report out results of breakout sessions 7:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
  • Networking and exit 7:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The event is free, with refreshments provided, but space is limited. Please RSVP via Eventbrite. This event is designed for NoMa residents (both housed and unhoused), their elected representatives, and any others with the power to work on their behalf.

UPDATE: The RSVP list filled to capacity within 12 hours of opening on Jan. 14. Anyone who arrives without a reservation will be allowed to fill empty seats starting five minutes prior to the main program. (6:10 p.m.) Cancellations in advance will be filled immediately via the Eventbrite waitlist.

Barring any technical difficulties, we are planning to livestream the discussion portion of the event (6:15 p.m. – 7:05 p.m.) through the Street Sense Media Facebook page.


The street-level entrance to The Father McKenna Center is wide enough for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Aisles will be kept clear and such chairs may be parked in line with the pews in the meeting room.

A volunteer sign-language interpreter will be front-and-center during the main event and will go to whichever breakout session they can be of service to attendees in need of their work. We are still seeking a second pro-bono ASL interpreter to provide relief and team support throughout this long event. Please contact Eric Falquero ([email protected]) if you can help.

Confirmed Panelists

  • Octavia Watson, NoMa apartment community manager
  • Reginald Black, Writer, advocate, and DC Interagency Council on Homelessness member who has conducted extensive interviews with NoMa encampment residents
  • Robin-Eve Jasper, NoMa BID president
  • Kirk “Scooby” Ellis, co-founder of OneTRIBE Outreach and formerly homeless in the neighborhood
  • Lissa Ramsepaul, licensed social worker who regularly conducts street outreach in NoMa and has worked with DC homeless service providers for 12+ years


  • Joseph Young, Photographer, retired journalist, long-time housed resident in the neighborhood

Invited Officials

The following officials were invited on Jan. 10 to attend or send staff representatives in their stead to join the audience in a listening capacity or as active participants in the discussion.

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser
    (No response as of Jan. 22.)
  • Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services (DMHHS) Wayne Turnage
    (Sending Encampment Coordinator Monika Merk.)
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Laura Zeilinger
    (No response as of Jan. 22.)
  • Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) Director Kristy Greenwalt
    (Unavailable. DMHHS has the lead on encampment response, so they are the ones best positioned to speak to the issue.)
  • Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen
    (Councilmember already committed to another event, sending Communications Director Erik Salmi and Special Projects Coordinator Jennifer DeMayo.)
  • DC Council Committee on Human Services Chair Brianne Nadeau
    (The Councilmember and staff are not available to attend.)
  • ANC 6C Commissioners Christine Healey, Karen Wirt, Jay Adelstein, Mark Eckenwiler, Joel Kelty, and Drew Courtney
    (ANC 6C Commissioner Drew Courtney attending.)



  • 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


Heartcast Media logo

(Audio Equipment)

NoMa BID logo

(Breakout Session Flipcharts)

T Stiverson
ASL Interpreter
[email protected]