More than 400 children annually are hospitalized in the District because of asthma, and their problems often result from such environmental hazards as mold, rodent and insect infestations, improper ventilation and allergens. The program will also identify and mitigate carbon monoxide, lead and asbestos. Such hazards have typically been addressed by several D.C. agency programs.
Referrals for the program come from local health-care providers and city agencies. After the agency performs home assessments, D.C. grant programs and code enforcement efforts are leveraged to ensure quick repairs or customized solutions. In rare cases, up to $7,000 will be provided for hazard mitigation.
For information, go to www.dchealthyhomes.com.
Electric car rally to be held Saturday
An electric car rally is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. The event will include an 11 a.m. parade of electric vehicles down Massachusetts Avenue to Dupont Circle.
Vintage and modern electric cars will be on display, including a 1921 Milburn Light Electric Opera Coupe, the model driven by Woodrow Wilson’s Secret Service entourage. Admission to the Wilson House museum will be free during the rally.
For information, go to woodrowwilsonhouse.org.
Center to offer support to gay, transgender Latinos
Casa Ruby, a resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Latinos, will have its grand opening at 2822 Georgia Ave. NW, Suite B, from noon to 8 p.m. June 6.
The center will offer job training and referrals; health, law and immigration counseling; HIV and STD testing; assistance with homelessness, intimate partner violence and substance abuse; and hot meals and clothing.
The open house will feature music, food and beverages from different countries. D.C. Office on Latino Affairs Director Roxana Olivas will speak during the opening ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m.
Casa Ruby will be run by the nonprofit community service organization Latinos-as En Accion.
For information, go to www.casaruby.org or call 202-355-5155.
DDOT to discuss Winkle Doodle bridge study June 6
The District Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting on the Winkle Doodle Branch Bridge Planning Study and the Southern Avenue corridor (South Capitol Street SE to 23rd Street SE) from 6 to 7 p.m. June 6 at United Medical Center, 1310 Southern Ave. SE.
The bridge covers the Winkle Doodle channel and spans between Southeast Washington and Prince George’s County. The study team seeks input on pedestrian safety improvements, neighborhood aesthetics, lighting and visibility, and ways to reduce traffic speeds and improve the environmental conditions.
For information, call 202-563-5033 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
District opens outdoor pools for summer season
Outdoor pools in the District have opened for summer swims. The 19 pools operated by the District Parks and Recreations department are open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. until June 17. After June 17, the outdoor pools will be open six days a week.
Swimming is free for all city residents at D.C. Parks Department aquatic centers.
For information, go to www.dpr.dc.gov.
— Compiled by Terence McArdle