Established in November 2015, the Coalition of Concerned Mothers is a grassroots organization with the mission to create collaborative partnerships with families who have been affected by community violence, police brutality/terror and mass incarceration while identifying and supporting legislative and community initiated change.


Our vision is to be the/a catalyst to enact change to address state sanctioned violence that plague our communities; working both locally and nationally with families that have been negatively affected, concerned citizens, law enforcement agents, legislators, policy makers and proponents of social justice and human rights.


Mothers from across the country reach out to our organization regularly for support, comfort or as resource as they transition to a new normal way of life. We vow to stand in solidarity with them as they journey through the various phases of grief, legal services and the legislative process.





Fresh Start Zone  is a complete 21st century solution to property management. Designed to helps you continually build the behaviors, habits, and skills you need to be extraordinary at managing properties and working with investors. By blending technology, content, and service into one smart learning solution.


What will I learn?

Trained housing specialists will teach you the basics of finding housing and being a responsible tenant.

  Topics include:

     • Determining what you can afford

     • Overview of the tenant screening process

     • Discrimination

     • Landlord rights and responsibilities

     • Roommates

     • Types of leases

     • Renter’s insurance

     • Tenant rights and responsibilities

     • Repairs

     • Solving problems with landlords

     • Evictions

     • Breaking your lease

     • Proper and improper notice

     • Security deposits


How does it work?

The program consists of three hours of classroom instruction and a one-on-one session with a trained housing specialist who will meet with you to review your particular situation and assist you in finding a solution.



Fresh Start Housing Service offers a tenant education training and certification program. The program is designed to teach renters how to better their housing situation and to address problems specific to individual rental histories. Here is your chance to develop essential skills to help you find and keep a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Attending the class will not guarantee that you will find affordable rental housing, but it can help you recognize and address problems to make you a more marketable tenant.


How does it work?

The program consists of three hours of classroom instruction and a one-on-one session with a trained housing specialist who will meet with you to review your particular situation and assist you in finding a solution.


Karissa currently serves as the leader of the DC Housing Provider’s Association which reaches over 4000 landlords and housing providers participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP). Before becoming the Chair, Karissa served as the Sergeant at Arms and has actively been part of the association for more than five (5) years.


Incorporating over sixteen (16) years of employment experience in the Housing Authority arena, she has worked in various roles and capacities to include knowledge of Public Safety, Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program. She holds certifications in HCVP Knowledge in the areas of Occupancy, Rent Calculation, Eligibility and Housing Quality Standard (HQS).


With ten (10) years of service in real estate as a licensed agent and education in property management, Karissa takes pride in helping others in many areas of the housing industry. She has been recognized and received a spotlight as a Housing Pioneer by Radio One (radio station). Karissa was also recognized and received a Certificate of Appreciation by East River Community Collaborative Partnership for her service that she has provided to residents in Ward 7 of Washington, DC.


Karissa is no stranger to hard work and her commitment to assist others is what she is mostly proud of. She continues to work in various communities with a concentration on educating residents, landlords and housing providers. Often times when she is out in the community, you can likely find Karissa riding on her motorcycle.


Join us for up coming events...


Real Estate Wholesaling Your Way To Six Figures! WEBINAR

Date: June 1, 2017

Time: 7pm


Description: Have you ever wanted to invest in real estate, but have limited access to finances and resources? Need an experience Mentor, who can provide those resources and teach you how to become an experience investors to flip properties or just simply become a real estate wholesaler. Join us for a 1 hour real estate investing presentation!

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PMN Class: Effective Negotiating for Real Estate Professionals

Date: June 1, 2017

Time: 8:30am - 5pm


Description: This PMN course will give you tools and tactics to improve your effectiveness in any negotiation to consistently facilitate the best outcomes for your clients, even under pressure. You'll discover and practice techniques for client counseling and advocacy, as well as the art of influence and persuasion. In addition to the principles and phases of effective negotiation, topics include dealing with deadlock and difficult negotiators, multi-party negotiations, cultural influences and the role of electronics in today’s connected world. Also counts as an ABR elective.

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3 Day - Find Fund Fix & Flip Properties With Other People`s Money

Date: June 3, 2017

Time: 6:pm - 9pm


Description: Have you ever wanted to make money flipping houses, becoming a real estate investor but you didn’t know where to get started? Do you have limited to no assets and have become discouraged. REI will teach you how to FIND, GET FUNDING & FLIP properties with OPM (Other's People Money).

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Career Workshop - Build a Successful Real Estate Business

Date: Tuesday - June 6, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Description: Join us for an hour of information about the wonderful world of real estate! We will be discussing what being a Realtor is all about, the process to get your real estate license and how Keller Williams, voted the #1 training company in the WORLD, can help you build a successful real estate career.


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Free Redfin Home Buying Class

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Description: Thinking about buying a home but don't know where to start? Redfin Agents Grant Grindler and Anthony Lam will walk you through the home-buying process so you know what to expect. What we'll cover:

Is buying for you? Arlington home prices, inventory & market conditions, Special property types (short sales, foreclosures, new construction), Home financing & the purchase process.


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