Ward 5

About Ward 5:

Ward5_map_smallWard 5 is extremely diverse in character, history, and people. Ward 5 is home to some of the warmest neighbors and most vibrant neighborhoods in D.C. Ward 5 is home to several universities, including Catholic University of America, Trinity University, and Gallaudet University. The Ward is also home to the rolling hills of the National Arboretum as well as Lincoln’s Cottage, which sits in the Old Soldiers Home.

The northern most neighborhoods in Ward 5 are North Michigan Park and Lamond-Riggs. The Ward extends to the southwest to include the neighborhoods are Bloomingdale, Bates, Hanover, and Truxton Circle. Along the southern boundary of the Ward is Union Market, Trinidad, Carver Terrace and Langston Terrace. The Ward boundary continues along the Anacostia River until Eastern Avenue, which forms the northeast boundary of Ward 5.

Other neighborhoods within Ward 5 are Brookland, Brentwood, Ivy City, Union Market, Fort Lincoln, Dakota Crossing, Gateway, Arboretum, Woodridge, South Woodridge, Langdon, Queens Chapel, Michigan Park, University Heights.


KRM-Gateway-Community-Walk_smallAn ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. They are a unique feature of the District’s Home Rule Charter.

The Commissioners, who serve two-year terms without pay, are elected at D.C. Elections in November in even-numbered years (e.g. 2016). The ANCs were established to bring government closer to the people, and to bring the people closer to government.

There are 40 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions in D.C. and five in Ward 5. Each Commission is made up of elected Commissioners who each represent approximately 2,000 people in their district, called a Single Member District (SMD). There are 37 Single Member Districts across Ward 5’s five ANCs.

The ANCs’ main job is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods. Although they are not required to follow the ANCs’ advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs’ recommendations “great weight.” Moreover, District law says that agencies cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they give the affected ANCs 30 days advance notice. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.

ANCs in Ward 5:

Ward 5 Community Meetings:

Ward 5 his home to many civic and community groups. Many of these groups meet monthly on a specific date, please find below the regular meeting dates for the following groups. Please note these dates are subject to change and you should check with the group directly if you are not sure if they are meeting. For groups with a website, a link is included below.

Organization Regular Meeting Date and Time
Bates Area Civic Association 1st Monday at 7PM
Eckington Civic Association 1st Monday at 7PM
Lamond-Riggs Civic Association 1st Monday at 7PM
Stronghold Civic Association 1st Monday at 7PM
Arboretum Civic Association 1st Tuesday at 7PM
Brentwood Civic Association 1st Tuesday at 7PM
Woodridge Civic Association 1st Tuesday at 7PM
North Michigan Park Civic Association 1st Wednesday at 7PM
Queens Chapel Civic Association 2nd Monday at 7PM
ANC 5D 2nd Tuesday at 7PM
Michigan Park Citizens Association 2nd Tuesday at 7:15PM
North Woodridge Civic Association 2nd Wednesday at 7PM
Fort Lincoln Civic Association 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 PM
Woodridge South Civic Association 2nd Thursday at 6:30PM
Bloomingdale Civic Association 3rd Monday at 7PM
Gateway Civic Association 3rd Monday at 7PM
ANC 5E 3rd Tuesday at 7PM
Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association 3rd Tuesday at 7PM
Ward 5 Council on Education 3rd Tuesday at 6:30PM
ANC 5C 3rd Wednesday at 7PM
Hanover Civic Association 3rd Thursday at 7PM
Edgewood Civic Association 4th Monday at 7PM
ANC 5A 4th Wednesday at 6:45PM
ANC 5B 4th Wednesday at 6:30PM
5th District Citizens Advisory Council 4th Thursday

Ward 5 Blogs:

Ward 5 Resources and Groups:

Listservs in Ward 5:

Listservs are a way to for neighbors to keep in touch via email and share events or things going on their community. Most listservs are organized geographically on a given neighborhood, but some are focused on a particular issue area. Each link below goes to a Yahoo Group or Google Group home page and when you join that group, you are a part of the listserv. Any member of a listserv can contribute so some lists have lots of email traffic. You can also change your individual settings to only receive a “daily digest” instead of individual emails.