Let’s Stay Informed! Join Penn Branch Neighbors on #GroupMe


PBCA established a Penn Branch Community on GROUPME so neighbors can share and receive text messages with other neighbors about crime, emergencies, community notices, and pass along other critical information about what is going on in our neighborhood.

The GroupME app will send a text message to your cellphone. Please DO NOT use this platform for: Self-Promotion, Political / Policy Debates, and/or Advertising merchandise sales or paid community events.

Only critical notices only. Also, remember to never share information related to suspected crime in the neighborhood. ALWAYS report suspicious activities to the police first, dialing either 911, at 31, or 50411, to place an anonymous first.

Stay safe. Stay informed. And when you see something, say something.


DC ban on gas leaf blowers goes into effect January 2022.


Gas is Out, Quiet is In

–Effective January 2022, gasoline-powered leaf blowers cannot be legally used in the District of Columbia by residents or businesses and District retailers will no longer be permitted to sell them. Businesses risk being fined for continued use. The Leaf Blower Regulation Amendment Act passed the DC Council unanimously and was enacted in 2018, at which time a three-year phase-out began.

The ban does not apply to federal workers on federal land. Countless studies have shown the pollution causing and health impacts of gas-powered leaf blowers. Unlike automobiles, two-stroke, gas-powered leaf blowers do not have catalytic converters; therefore, a large percentage of pollutants go into the atmosphere. This law will help keep our community and city quieter and healthier.    

DC Government’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Keep up to date on the latest information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) within DC by going to this website. Public health authorities are learning more about the COVID-19 every day, but answers to frequently asked questions with the most up to date information will be available at DC Health authorities will continue to update this information and website as they learn more.

Recommended Ways to Protect Yourself:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when feeling sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Read the Mayor’s Order on District Government Preparations for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Preventing COVID-19 spread in Communities

COVID-19 Resources for Households 

Recent Press Releases:

03/02/2020  Mayor Bowser to Hold Briefing on the District’s Coronavirus Monitoring, Preparation, and Response
03/01/2020  Mayor Bowser Issues Executive Order for District’s Coronavirus Response
02/27/2020  DC Health Department Confirms No Coronavirus Cases in DC


Neighbors Helping Neighbors


IMG_2211IMG_2162Penn Branch neighbors are taking to the street to dig themselves out and help their neighbors dig out from this weeks historic snowfall.   We are asking neighbors to help clear the streets and to pay special attention to our seniors citizens, ill, and those without the resources to shovel in their driveways and sidewalks.

If you have snow machine or other equipment, reach out to us a [email protected] or call (202) 669-3974 so that we can help others in Penn Branch and neighboring areas who need help.

DDOT and the mayors office are working hard to clear streets and address issues from the snowstorm.


DC Dig Out!


Help Your Neighbors Dig Out!
Help Your Neighbors Dig Out!

We need your help!  We are coordinating to help residents in Penn Brach and Ward 7 dig out and address urgent issues as the result of the snow storm.  Our efforts are in addition major efforts by city agencies that have been working around the clock to assist residents and provide services.

We NEED as soon as possible

  1. Volunteers to help dig out residents with critical needs and those who are unable.
  2. Anyone who is able to travel to the Reeves Center to work as part of a Ward 7 efforts
  3. Help identifying Penn Branch and Ward 7 residents who need to be a priority (ill , without electric or heat or without adequate resources)
  4. Help identifying streets that are unplowed (understand that major streets are a priority)
  5. If you have electric/gas snow blowers and tools to assist neighbors with urgent needs
  6. Shoveling out are fire hydrants
  7. Identify any other major issues

We need your help to coordinate:

email: [email protected] or call 202-484-6001

Jimmie Williams, President

‘Roy Ward, Vice President

Lisa Baker, Recording Secretary

Towana Banks, Treasurer

Matt Pinardi, Parliamentarian