The District of Columbia Housing Authority would like to express its deepest gratitude to the greater D.C. community for rallying around the senior residents during and since the devastating fire at Arthur Capper Senior Building.

The first calls of a fire at the property came in around 3:30 p.m. on September 19 and several neighbors quickly went into action, calling first responders and helping to make sure every single senior resident —some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens—got out of the burning building.

These neighbors included more than 100 U.S. Marines who sprinted from their barracks to pull people from the building and keep them safe at their facility. They also included the more than 100 firefighters from D.C. and Maryland who braved the flames well into the late hours of the night. The community buildings’ employees and volunteers at both Capitol Riverfront and King Greenleaf were there when seniors needed them, too. The neighbors from the Capper and Capitol Riverfront community also rushed to the scene to assist in any way they could.

And now the entire District of Columbia cluster of agencies and human service providers, under the direction of Mayor Muriel Bowser, is working with DCHA and the building’s owners to find housing for the impacted residents, ensure they have their medications, get personal case managers, and more to assist these residents through this difficult time. 

Temporary shelter, beginning tonight, will be in area hotels, but soon there will be more permanent homes, replacing each of the 162 units that were lost.

Continuing the community’s overwhelming response, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation has partnered with the Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization and ANC Commissioner Meredith Fascett to create the Arthur Capper Seniors Recovery Fund. Donations can be made at http://bit.ly/2PPnW7F. Please identify your donation is for the Capper fire victims.

The outpouring of support from this community is amazing. Thank you, D.C.!

Photo courtesy of D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department @DCFireEMS
Last modified: 9/20/2018 7:26:10 PM