Lee District Dems
vice chair, events
FCDC vice chair, south
Lee Dems February meeting
Thursday February 4, 2021 | 7:30 pm | Register here.
From the chair’s corner
This month as we start our annual celebration and recognition of Black History, we have a moment to reflect on the history of Lee District. This past summer we celebrated the renaming of Robert E. Lee High School to John Lewis High School. We also marched in solidarity in Kingstowne to protest police brutality and called for action in areas of education, criminal justice, cooperative economics, and the political process. Ensuring everyone’s voices are heard, is key to building a strong and diverse community. Just as we stood in solidarity together that hot June day last summer, our neighbors in the local mobile parks need us to stand with them now. In that spirit of community, I lift their voices and share the following message from the Chair of the South County Task Force, Mary Paden:
Despite a petition with 270 signatures from organizations and individuals countywide, the Board of Supervisors voted to put the Engleside & Rays Mobile Home Park on Route 1 near Holly Wood & Vine nursery into a long term workplan for development into high-density residential units on Tuesday.
Allies of Engleside/Rays, a group of church and community organizations and individuals will continue to support the 109 mostly Latino families who want to keep their community intact. But there will be a pause on the action for at least several months.
Action will proceed at the county and local levels. At the county level the group will lobby for adoption of forthcoming recommendations from a county task force to preserve affordable housing and specifically mobile home parks as affordable housing See Mobile Home Draft Recommendations.
At the local level, it will fight for inclusion of mobile home residents in any decision-making bodies that deal with the redevelopment plan. The current local body consists mainly of single-family or condominium civic association representatives, with no representation of people who are affected by the land use recommendations.
The only people actually living on the 26 acre parcel under consideration for development are the 109 mobile home families, and they must have a major voice in what happens to them. This is just the first of many properties that are owned by landlords surrounding the EMBARK project that will be prime for development. Wherever low-income people rent, they are in danger of being displaced without any voice, or even consultation unless the county adopts plans to include them.
Mt. Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck, who urged adoption of the development proposal at the board meeting, said he will meet with mobile home park residents soon. Meanwhile, Lee Supervisor Rodney Lusk is pursuing a different path in exploring options to keep mobile home parks in his district operating as affordable housing.
For more information on how mobile home parks are being addressed as affordable housing statewide see: www.mhccv.org.
We look forward to meeting you in person (someday) or on Zoom (for the time being). Our monthly meetings are a great place to meet like-minded folks and voice your opinion. The Lee District Democratic Committee values inclusion. We invite all Democrats to join us, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
In 2021, we’ll meet via Zoom at 7:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Check the calendar for changes in the schedule.
Lee District Democratic Committee mailing address:
FCDC, attn: Lee Dems
8500 Executive Park Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22031