On August 1, NBC 4 Washington Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer brought a barbecue and live weather reports to our new Maycroft apartments, as part of his summer 2019 Backyard Barbecue Reports.
Instead of being located in someone’s backyard, the barbecue was held in the front courtyard of the Maycroft apartments. Jubilee residents, staff, and board members enjoyed good food and camaraderie with colleagues from NP Community Solar and Martha’s Table.
Children played on the front lawn as caterers grilled chicken and hamburgers. Neighbors from the Columbia Heights community stopped by to say hello and take pictures with the crew from NBC 4 Washington and Telemundo.
NBC 4 Washington visited Jubilee Housing to promote the organization’s new Resiliency Center, powered by Pepco in partnership with NP Community Solar and the District’s Department of Energy and the Environment. Solar panels on the Maycroft’s roof and a back-up battery in its basement will enable the center to provide three days of emergency power in the case of a city-wide blackout.
In addition, thanks to NP Solar’s community solar network, Jubilee’s most rent-burdened households will receive energy credits on their utility bills, cutting their expenses by up to $50 a month.
Just as Jubilee provides justice through housing (justice housing!), these resiliency features are environmental justice that help to reduce obstacles and enable neighbors facing the greatest barriers to thrive.
If you missed the live Backyard Barbecue Weather Report, you can watch it here. Kammerer also interviewed a representative from PEPCO about the agency’s partnership with Jubilee Housing, which can be viewed here.
Learn more about the Resiliency Center, powered by PEPCO, here.