Unemployment benefits increase in D.C.

EMPLOYMENT | For the first time in almost 10 years, D.C. residents are eligible for an unemployment benefits increase as of October 1.

District residents are now eligible for up to $425 in weekly unemployment insurance benefits, or $1,700 a month, for up to half a year if they lose employment due to layoffs or other factors outside their control. Although the change is under a hundred dollars more than the $359 currently allowed each week, it’s the first time D.C.’s unemployment insurance benefits have risen in roughly a decade. The increase also brings the District in line with Maryland’s and Virginia’s programs for unemployment insurance, which provide weekly maximums of $430 and $378, respectively.

As of August, approximately 6 percent of residents were unemployed. The District is also moving toward a $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2020 and is considering one of the most robust paid leave benefits in the country. (City Paper, 10/3)

RACIAL EQUITY | President of the Meyer Foundation and WRAG Board Member Nicky Goren discusses the role of the funding community as allies in moving racial equity forward and building a more equitable Washington region together.

PHILANTHROPY | Association of Black Foundation Executives leader Susan Taylor Batten helps grantmakers understand and address systemic racism, and is one of a number of leaders who want to expand the definition of philanthropy. (Chronicle, 10/4)

Related: Leader Seeks to Break Crisis-Response Pattern After Shootings by Police (Chronicle, 10/4) [Subscription Required]

Also Related: ABFE’s Susan Taylor Batten and Marcus Walton are leading two trainings on grantmaking for racial equity later this month, as part of WRAG’s ongoing Putting Racism on the Table learning and training series. These trainings are open to all grantmakers. More information can be found here and here.

EDUCATIONPr. George’s Co. council member says she wouldn’t put her kids in Head Start program (WTOP, 10/3)

HEALTH | In a county with high rates of diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases, a new bill is up for debate that will focus on healthy food options in Prince George’s vending machines. (WaPo, 9/27)

HOUSINGLegal Fight Over Brookland Manor Redevelopment Intensifies (City Paper, 10/3)

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