Minnie Elliott is president of the Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association.
I am an 83-year-old great-great-grandmother and president of the Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association. As a civil rights activist, I marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and in the years since, I’ve organized with many others for welfare rights and housing justice in D.C. Sadly, instead of relaxing and enjoying what we helped build, we seniors are forced to fight once again for the futures of our children in this city.
If you drive east on Rhode Island Avenue NE, away from downtown D.C., and make a right on Saratoga Avenue toward New York Avenue, you’ll come upon our community, a group of white and yellow garden apartments. This Brookland Manor apartment complex, consisting of 535 units across 19 buildings, is the last remaining community with more than 100 affordable four- and five-bedroom family units in D.C. Brookland Manor is home to hundreds of low- and moderate-income people of color — mostly Black families.
Brookland Manor’s “problem” is our proximity to the busy Rhode Island Ave. Metro stop, the Giant/Home Depot shopping center and the new high-rise buildings popping up along the Rhode Island A
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