Sadly, on Monday, April 11, 2016, MANNA lost Marilyn Phillips, a dear advocate, volunteer, colleague and friend. Marilyn had been a member of both MANNA’s Homebuyer’s Club and Housing Advocacy Team for the past four years. Marilyn and her husband purchased a MANNA home at the Buxton condominiums in Historic Anacostia, just a couple blocks from their apartment. She loved her neighborhood and dedicated herself to promoting positive and inclusive change in Ward 8. She and her husband worked on preparing their finances and improving their credit score for a few years before they purchased their home, putting forth a tremendous amount of commitment and effort. Marilyn believed that “housing is the foundation of our communities”, and she wanted other people to experience the benefits of homeownership as well.
Unfortunately, Marilyn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006; she was on the road to recovery, when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to the bone in 2009. Due to her health conditions, and many doctor appointments, she was unable to continue her job as a legal assistant. However, her cancer went into remission for several years and during that time she became very active with MANNA. She testified at a number of City Council hearings and spoke at numerous Advocacy Days and Town Halls through CNHED. She also volunteered in MANNA’s office on a weekly basis, helping people secure affordable rentals and a host of other things.
Marilyn refused to let her health challenges tie her down – she was a beautiful fighter, for herself and for others. She made sure that she was available to help out at MANNA, and advocate for housing programs. Marilyn was a loving and caring person, always ready to lend a helping hand. She loved MANNA, and we loved her. We are better because of having known Marilyn.
Below are some videos and photos of Marilyn being the wonderful advocate and DC resident that she was, that she will always be in our hearts:
Feb 2013 – Marilyn cheers on Mayor Gray’s affordable housing announcement of $100 million – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhN2Aaf3lSU
May 2013 – Marilyn speaks at Tenant Town Hall – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a-EvV5v4u8
2014 – Marilyn and other Ward 8 residents speak about what homeownership means to them – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaMORrrp_4c
Marilyn (bottom right) with MANNA’s Housing Advocacy Team.
Marilyn on her back porch with Mayor Marion Barry at the grand opening of the Buxton Condominiums.
Marilyn and her husband Kelvin after they settled on their new home.