Sour economy threatens Washington Region’s safety net [News, 2.10]

Sour Economy Threatens Washington Region’s Safety Net (WAMU, 2/9) – Hear from social-profit leaders of Manna Food Center, House of Ruth, Whitman-Walker Clinic, Hannah House, and Miriam’s Kitchen. “All agree that 2010 will be even tougher than 2009.” Terri Freeman, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region:

“We made the decision in November that, given the economic crisis and what we knew was happening with our nonprofit partners, dollars that had been set aside for other purposes needed to be redirected to safety net support, because we were hearing that caseloads were up anywhere from 35 to 50 percent. New people were coming into these safety net providers for housing, clothing, food, financial assistance.”

How are Foundations Responding to the Economic Downturn?
(, 2/9)
Schools Face Sharp Rise In Homeless Students (WaPo, 2/8) – Schools “are emerging as a key anchor for homeless youths.’
As economic crisis deepens, private foundations step into the breach (CSM, 2/8)