Following the example of Fr. McKenna, we serve the homeless and low-income families in our neighborhood – Ward 6.
Washington, DC is divided into eight council wards. Ward 6 is the only one that includes neighborhoods in all four quadrants of the city [Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest] and covers several neighborhoods that are experiencing marked change in the first two decades of the 21st Century.
The rapid development of upscale residential apartment buildings along K St NW, the rise of a new multi-use district (NoMa) in the neighborhood north of Union Station NE, and the influence of Nationals Park and the new residential and commercial spaces arising in Navy Yard/Southeast are three examples of such change where poor people are being forced out to make way for a new vision of DC. Ward Six also includes Capitol Hill, long an enclave of educated and modestly wealthy people (property values in that community regularly are above $750,000 for a six room home).
At the same time, Ward Six includes neighborhoods of much more modest families. Shaw and North Capitol are communities of small row houses where property values are in the $150,000 range and the residential areas of Southwest include other pockets of working class people with incomes in the $25,000 range or less.
Ward Six also includes several shelters and other nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless (e.g. SOME – So Others Might Eat, Central Union Mission).