Capitol Hill BID Wins IDA Award for Ready, Willing & Working Program

Capitol Hill Business Improvement District named recipient of a 2014 Downtown Merit Award by the International Downtown Association for the Ready, Willing & Working Program

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 For Immediate Release:

(WASHINGTON, DCAugust 13, 2014) As part of its upcoming 60th Anniversary Conference and Tradeshow, the International Downtown Association has recognized the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to their Ready, Willing & Working program.

The program Ready, Willing & Working – A Solution to Homelessness and Public Space Management– was among 10 qualified entries in the category of Downtown Leadership and Management. This category features comprehensive and unique organizational approaches, projects, or programs that improved the effectiveness of downtown management organizations.

“Ready, Willing & Working was created in 2008 by the Capitol Hill BID to empower people to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency, and incarceration through a paid-work rehabilitation program offering supportive services and the skills needed for self-sufficiency,” said BID President Patty Brosmer. “We help men who are homeless and formerly incarcerated, and many have struggled with substance abuse.”

The Capitol Hill BID emphasizes a positive work place environment as part of their overall leadership and management style. This is an essential component of the RWW program as it makes their team members –known in the community as the “Men in Blue” – feel loved and that their work is having an impact on the aesthetics of Capitol Hill every day, making it cleaner and safer.

“The Capitol Hill BID’s project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Ready, Willing & Working program is a shining example of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city by providing a solution to homelessness and criminal recidivism.”

The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 500 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.

The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization funded through an assessment on commercial property owners who are dedicated to fortifying Capitol Hill as a cleaner and safer place to live, work, and conduct the business of our nation’s capital, while remaining a national and cultural tourist destination. To achieve this mission the BID provides enhanced services that augment those already provided by the District of Columbia government. These supplementary services include: security, street cleaning, maintenance and graffiti removal, streetscape improvements, marketing and promotional services and community outreach.


The Capitol Hill BID’s Ready, Willing & Working program has helped dozens of men like Damon (above) become productive, taxpaying citizens, and fathers to their children through meaningful employment and supportive services in a positive environment.