Community Conversations

The City hosts occasional dialogues to build community among residents and take advantage of their tremendous diversity and wealth of knowledge and interests. Please see below for information about our next Community Conversation.

Affordable Communities
A Community Conversation with Expert Panelists

Sunday, November 13, 3-5 p.m.
4310 Gallatin Street


How can we create an amenity-rich, affordable community for all? As Hyattsville and the surrounding region changes, this question becomes very important. Join us for an expert panel and community conversation on the issue on Sunday, Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m. at 4310 Gallatin Street. Refreshments will be provided. 

Facilitator  
Julia Gaspar-Bates, a Hyattsville resident, is President of Intercultural Alliances, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm (www.interculturalalliances.com). Julia has trained thousands of executives, educators and students, military personnel and governmental and non-governmental employees on four continents in multiple languages to enhance cultural competency. Her mission is to bring together people across cultural, racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious borders to engage in dialogue to increase cultural understanding and appreciation of each other.

Panelists
Milan Griffin is the Vice President of Marketing and Outreach with HomeFree-USA, a nonprofit HUD-approved homeownership development, foreclosure prevention and financial empowerment organization in the Washington, D.C. area.   With degrees from Spelman College and Tufts University, Ms. Griffin began her career as a teacher for poverty-stricken, high-need, low performing teens.  She came to HomeFree-USA to launch a career development program for youth. Her enterprising spirit and focus on results pushed her to tackle a different (and unexpected) mission – repairing the company’s ailing infrastructure.  Her efforts resulted in reducing the cost of delivering counseling services, increasing revenues, restructuring market strategies and reorganizing the consumer education program..

Stephanie Prange Proestel is Deputy Director for Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP).  With over 15 years of community development experience, Stephanie created HIP’s single-family rehab program and served as project manager for the development of HIP’s Artists’ Housing, an award-winning, “green” development located in Mt. Rainier.  She has also provided development consulting services to two tenant organizations in the District of Columbia, assisting them in the acquisition and renovation of their buildings. Prior to joining HIP, Stephanie was a Research Director for The Enterprise Foundation, a national technical assistance provider to small community development organizations.  In this position, she researched best practices in the areas of finance, development, supportive housing, community planning, safety, and organizational development. She holds a B.A. from Saint Olaf College and a Masters of Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.

Joseph Solomon is a Hyattsville City Councilmember for Ward 5. His proposed rent-control ordinance is slated to go to Council for discussion in December.