POVERTY | The new administration’s proposed budget was released yesterday. It included dramatic cuts to social programs and increased funding to the military. Many of the programs cut were designed to help low-income communities and communities of color, but administration officials believe the programs are wasteful and ineffective. (NPR, 3/17)
The president wants to eliminate legal services for the poor, as well as money to help low-income families pay their heating bills. The budget also would get rid of the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which cities use to fix up distressed neighborhoods. The budget also targets Community Services Block Grant funding, which supports local anti-poverty programs, such as Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors.
EVENTS | Metropolitan Washington Council on Governments, CareFirst, Kaiser Permanente and others are co-hosting a Regional Opioid Summit on May 9th. The Summit will bring public health professionals, health and behavioral care providers, law enforcement officials, and others together to discuss the opioid epidemic in our region. Read why they believe cross-jurisdictional collaboration is key to addressing the region’s opioid epidemic. (MWCOG, 3/15)
– DC, Maryland and Virginia are beneficiaries of more than 5,000 active National Institute of Health grants totaling $4.7 billion. These grants may be at stake in the new budget plan that calls to cut almost 20% of NIH’s funding. (WBJ, 3/17)
– The Fight to Close the Racial Health Gap Just Got Harder (Citylab, 3/16)
HOUSING | The first ever audit of DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund was released yesterday. (WCP, 3/16)
PUBLIC SAFETY | The Prince George’s County police department is working with the University of Maryland to educate its police officers on implicit bias. (WAMU, 3/15)
ENVIRONMENT | Environmentalists Gear Up To Fight Proposed Budget Cuts (WAMU, 3/16)
Social Sector Job Openings
Executive Director – DC Metro | Higher Achievement
Executive Director | International Association for Volunteer Effort
Executive Director | Catalogue for Philanthropy
Part-time Accountant | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Donor Services Associate, District of Columbia | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Associate Director, Policy & Communications | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Administrative Associate | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Manager, Operations & Programming | Walker’s Legacy Foundation
Senior Associate, Engagement – Mid-Atlantic and Retail and Direct Bank markets | Capital One
Executive Director | Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
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