APACC consists of non-profit organizations who share a commitment to to achieve socially, environmentally and economically vibrant civic spaces along a clean river adjacent to healthy, sustainable, diverse, and exemplary communities. Currently, these members include:
- Anacostia Business Improvement Distict (Ward 8)
- Anacostia Coordinating Council (Ward 8)*
- Anacostia Waterfront Trust (citywide)*
- Clean Water Action (Wards 7 and 8)*
- Community Preservation and Development Corporation (Ward 7)
- DC Appleseed (citywide)*
- DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (Ward 7)
- East River Family Strengthening Collaborative (Ward 7)*
- Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative (Ward 8)*
- Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (Ward 7)
- Groundswell (citywide)
- Groundwork Anacostia River DC (Ward 7)*
- Institute for Public Health Innovation (citywide)
- Neighborhood Legal Services Program (citywide and Wards 7 and 8)
- Policy Innovation Lab at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University (citywide)
- Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. (Wards 7 and 8)*
- Urban Institute (citywide)
- Ward 7 Business Partnership (Ward 7)
*Members of the APACC Steering Committee
Anacostia Business Improvement District
The Anacostia BID works to ensure the area is clean, safe and vibrant for the entire community. The BID, alone and with others, is interested in revitalizing the commercial district and energize commercial property owners and commercial tenants to invest in Anacostia's future. The BID also plays a major role in increasing and manage public and private investment in Anacostia as the area continues to evolve.
Anacostia Coordinating Council
The Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) is considered to be the hub of Ward 8, focused on and facilitating information gathering and sharing, networking, community advocacy, and organizing. It was founded more than 30 years ago.
Supplementing these efforts are civic-focused projects. Currently, ACC with East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership and Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, gathers the faith communities in Wards 7 and 8 with the goal of strengthening relationships among faith leaders for the benefit of residents. ACC is also engaging in work to restore and revitalize civic associations in Ward 8, which currently has the fewest number of civic associations in the city.
Anacostia Waterfront Trust
The Anacostia Waterfront Trust promotes the creation of a world-class Anacostia waterfront that enhances equity, improves resilience and unites the District of Columbia. The Trust collaborates with its partners to coordinate andimplement efforts to improve the water, land andcommunities of the Anacostia River corridor.
Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action’s DC team has the goal of dramatically improving the water quality of the Anacostia River. Current campaigns toward this end are A Toxic Free Anacostia and Anacostia River.
Clean Water Action is contributing its vast experience and expertise education, engaging, and organizing community members in Wards 7 and 8 to the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative. In addition to working with residents most affected, they will help skill up APACC member organizations in organizing.
Community Preservation and Development Corporation
Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) is a nonprofit involved in real estate development, asset management, and community improvement. CPDC manages the Mayfair Mansions apartment complex in northeast, a part of Ward 7. The property is bounded by Route 50 on the north, I-295 on the east, and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on the west.
The property has historic significance as it was one of the earliest garden apartment developments in DC (1946). Perhaps more important, it was “one of the first conceived and designed for working- and middle-class African American residents in the District… When completed, Mayfair Mansions was a first-class complex offering a welcome housing opportunity for working- and middle-class blacks who were excluded from housing elsewhere because of racially restrictive housing covenants.” (Source: Cultural Tourism DC)
CPDC relies on data, partnerships, and the residents themselves to have a positive impact on residents. CPDC’s resident efforts are in the areas of economic development (such as job training), education, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and resident engagement (for example, supporting civic involvement).
For over 20 years, DC Appleseed has helped make DC a better place to live and work. Their work has been on some of the city’s toughest problems--improving health care, advancing democracy, enhancing educational opportunities, bringing better jobs and more affordable housing to DC residents, and protecting the environment.
DC Appleseed’s commitment to the Anacostia River is longstanding. A 1999 report called for vast improvements to the District’s stormwater management systems. Their 2004 report on lead in the water led to the government’s creation of what is now the Department of Energy and Environment. And their 2011 report A New Day for the Anacostia: A National Model for Urban River Restoration (PDF) presented a strategy for the federal government to partner with local jurisdictions, businesses, and residents to turn the river into a recreational centerpiece, spurring economic development, creating jobs and transforming one of the nation’s most polluted rivers into a national model for urban river revitalization.
Appleseed has also worked on housing east of the river, developing affordable housing requirements to help ensure some residents along the Anacostia River are not priced out of their neighborhoods by development and are able to enjoy the resulting benefits of a clean, urban river.
DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative
DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) is the hub of a comprehensive effort to end intergenerational poverty in the Kenilworth-Parkside community in northeast Washington, DC. Kenilworth-Parkside is home to 5,700 residents including 2,000 children. Community boundaries are: the Maryland line to the north, I-295 on the east, the decommissioned Pepco electric plant on the south (Kenilworth Ave NE), and the Anacostia River and parkland to the west.
DCPNI has galvanized neighborhood public and charter schools, residents, community and faith-based organizations, DC government agencies, local funders, businesses and service providers to work across traditional barriers to address chronic and acute problems that have trapped Kenilworth-Parkside families in deep poverty for generations.
East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
East River Family Strengthening Collaborative (ERFSC) is a nonprofit organization in Ward 7 whose mission is to empower families, youth, seniors and communities to become more self-sufficient through integrated and collaborative community-based services. Leading priorities are to ensure the Ward 7 community is equipped with the tools and skills to dramatically increase self-sufficiency and family stabilization, facilitate coordinated community-based resources, provide opportunities for organizations to improve their capacity, and provide technical assistance to help other organizations deliver the best possible services and supports to residents of this part of the city largely east of the Anacostia River.
Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens supports public access to and engagement with the Anacostia River environment. Since 2001, Friends has partnered with the National Park Service and local nonprofit organizations to create opportunities for people to serve, learn, work, and play in the park, which harbors the greatest biodiversity in DC and the last remnant marsh on the Anacostia River. The nonprofit organization delivers thousands of volunteer hours devoted to community programming and park maintenance.
Groundswell organizes community power to bring economic equity to the energy sector. Over the past six years, Groundswell has reduced the cost of clean energy and increased accessibility to a number of communities, including the District of Columbia. But Groundswell is more than an organization working in the energy sector; they are an organization working in community with community to improve lives. Groundswell staff work with local community organizations to empower individuals, businesses, faith communities, and nonprofits in a collective action and cooperative purchasing approach.
Groundwork Anacostia River DC
In 2007, a group of Ward 7 neighbors committed to making improvements to their communities located east of the Anacostia River got together to organize their efforts and become a sub-watershed group for the Anacostia River Watershed. They recognized that the Anacostia River, its tributaries and many green spaces are assets in this community and are worthy of improvement for community benefit.
That early work was the precursor to Groundwork Anacostia River DC. Then and now, the organization utilizes environmental restoration goals as a vehicle for community development.
Institute for Public Health Innovation
The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is a regional nonprofit organization that creates partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions that improve health and well-being for populations and communities across DC region, particularly those most affected by health inequities. Their work enhances the environments and conditions in which people live, age, work, learn, and play; strengthens health service systems and public policy; and builds organizational and community capacity to sustain progress.
IPHI’s experience assisting organizations and communities build and enhance their capacity to sustain progress is being brought to APACC members and partners to make improvements in communities along the Anacostia River.
Neighborhood Legal Services Program
Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) provides free civil legal services to low-income residents of DC. They provide help in the areas of safe and affordable shelter, family matters (custody, divorce, etc.), consumer problems (such as collections and predatory practices), domestic violence, healthcare and public benefits, employment, and wills. NLSP lawyers also provide assistance to veterans.
NLSP does not help the community alone. They regularly work with community-based organizations--nonprofit and government alike--to deliver help where it's needed most: in communities.
In addition to legal services, NLSP provides legal information and resources into the community through interactive workshops alone and with partners.
Policy Innovation Lab at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
The Policy Innovation Lab draws upon and convenes the talents of students, professors, researchers, community leaders and activists to tackle urgent and emerging issues at the forefront of policy discussion and debate in the DC area and develop pioneering and forward-thinking solutions. Current policy work focuses on examining and making recommendations to key stakeholders on policy questions and innovative practices related to how the development of the parkland along the Anacostia River can provide optimum benefits to the residents of neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. The specific questions they are trying to answer are:
- How can the development of the Anacostia River parkland add lasting value to the community its neighborhoods and its people? What are the innovative strategies, policies and practices for creating this value?
- How can communities in Wards 7 and 8 along the Anacostia River in Washington, DC benefit from the city’s strong growth and the impending spillover development fast approaching these neighborhoods so long untouched by economic growth.
- How can the development of the parkland along the Anacostia River be leveraged to spur community benefits such as greater economic and social equity and inclusion in Wards 7 and 8, as well as the rest of the District?
Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc.
The Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC), founded in 1961 by ministers committed to making a change in the lives of the Black community by being a voice for the voiceless, was the denominational home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who addressed the members at every annual session of PNBC until his death in 1968. The mission of the organization is to equip pastors and churches to be more effective in ministry and to lift our voice on behalf of the left out, locked out, and “the least of these.” The current focus of the PNBC is the economic development of the communities served by the members of the PNBC. There are 40 member churches in the District.
Many PNBC member congregants live near the Anacostia River. The health of the river has a direct impact on them, from enjoying the river to earning a living from a vibrant thriving riverfront economy. The the health of the Anacostia River, the 1,000-plus acres of public land, and a solid, healthy, and happy community is absolutely critical to PNBC.
Founded in 1968, Urban Institute is a national policy research institution with a rich history, whose home is in the District of Columbia. Current research priorities range from the social safety net to health and tax policies, the well-being of families and neighborhoods, and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Work extends to residents, city and regional practitioners, and policymakers at all levels. Local projects mirror those done nationally.
Local leaders need reliable facts and analysis to inform solutions and evidence-based policy ideas for sustaining the region’s prosperity and spreading the benefits more equitably. Revitalizing the Anacostia River and Park would spark social and economic growth for communities in Wards 7 and 8, home to the region’s most vulnerable and impoverished families. Improving the life changes of the disenfranchised through evidence-informed decisions is central to Urban Institute’s mission.
Ward 7 Business Partnership
The Ward 7 Business Partnership (W7BP) advances economic growth and investment by all stakeholders to preserve and enhance Ward 7 commercial corridors and cultural institutions.
The goal is to produce tangible results in public participation, preserving history and upgrading architecture, retaining existing businesses, recruiting new businesses, improving the physical attractiveness of buildings, maintaining a high standard of cleanliness of streets and creating or preserving a sense of commercial identity and place. The approach promotes entrepreneurship and cultural awareness and expands the customer base, investment and capture of the local financial base.