CommunicAID Expands into Former Elementary School

CommunicAID Contact Information:Taleen Safarian, Public Relations Director

Interview Contact Information:
Margery Stewart, Public Relations Specialist

Mercer Elementary School becomes CommunicAID homeless shelter

CommunicAID's Board of Directors meeting last night resulted in the purchase of Mercer Elementary School as property for its newest homeless shelter. 

  • Board of Trustees voted by a 9-3 margin to finalize the acquisition
  • CommunicAID signed the contract with the district for a negotiated price of $2.5 million
  • Architectural firm of Anderson & Lee has been named chief architect for the projects
  • Washington, D.C. Housing Authority and Washington, D.C. Council will provide funding

Plans for the new facility include:

  • Office space
  • Conference rooms
  • Counseling rooms
  • 32-bed overnight shelter
  • 60-person day shelter
  • 30-person long-term family shelter
  • 12,000 square foot pantry

Quotes from CommunicAIDers:

  • "Mercer Street has become a prime area for crime and drug trafficking. We are hoping our new facility generate a decrease in homelessness, and as a result, a decrease in crime," said CommunicAID President Dustin Hirsch
  • “It’s exciting to think that the addition of this shelter may improve our community’s overall economy with the job opportunities it will create,” exclaimed CommunicAID Program Director Jonathan Bostin

CommunicAID is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to aiding and supporting the homeless and those at risk for becoming homeless. It provides basic needs such as food and shelter, but also strives to attack the problem on a larger scale to end prospective homelessness by helping build leadership skills. In doing so, the homeless and those at risk for becoming homeless are introduced to “The Poverty Program,” which helps find work and housing that will allow them to escape their poverty status. For more information about CommunicAID, please visit:
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