(Washington, DC) The DC Department of Public Works announced
September 7 its Graffiti Removal Voucher Program for District
residents and business owners whose property has been defaced by
graffiti. Beginning Monday, September 10, they may call the Citywide
Call Center at 202.727.1000 to obtain a voucher to be redeemed at
McCormick Paints located at 15th and P Streets, NW and Duron Paints
located at 14th and Clifton Streets, NW.

The paint store will match the color of the paint of the property and
will provide property owners with paint, primer, a brush, roller,
pan, drop cloth and graffiti scrubs free of charge.

The voucher program is part of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s aggressive
graffiti abatement plan, announced in June 2007, which will allow the
city to remove graffiti on private property more quickly and help
property owners remove graffiti themselves.

“Offering property owners the voucher for paint and other materials
is a fast way to remove graffiti, which is a rising problem in our
city,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “The voucher
program also will relieve some of the financial burden that causes
residential and business property owners to delay removing the
graffiti themselves. Not only will this program help to keep our
city cleaner, it will help us keep it safer.”

For more information, or to receive a graffiti removal voucher, call
the Citywide Call Center at 202.727.1000. Property owners should
expect to receive the voucher within five days of making the request,
and they will need to sign the voucher when they redeem it at the
paint store.

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Linda Grant
Public Information Officer
DC Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
202/671-2375/ desk
202/497-1080/ cell
202/671-0642/ fax