This District nonprofit wants to make homeownership a reality for residents east of the river

– As the cost of living has risen in the District and gentrification has become the norm, homeownership has become a distant dream for many of the city’s residents. Lydia’s House, a nonprofit that offers guidance to first-time, low- and moderate-income home buyers, is trying to change that. (WaPo, 7/16)

With home prices across the city continuing to rise, east-of-the-river neighborhoods such as Anacostia and Congress Heights, which the District housing boom had largely passed over, are becoming increasingly desirable — and expensive.

As more investors and homeowners look east in the hopes of riding the wave of development, there are also worries that residents will be priced out of what has historically been a low- and moderate-income part of the city, forced to move further out, beyond the boundaries of the District. Homeownership can provide a needed hedge against skyrocketing rents.

What Are DC Residents Spending More Money On? Housing, Health Care and Restaurants (DCFPI, 7/14)

EDUCATION | District officials have announced that the city will offer scholarships to day care providers to help them get a post-secondary degree. (WAMU, 7/14)

– A group of studies have found that the stress of poverty and racism increases the risk of dementia for African-Americans. (WaPo, 7/16)

– What The ‘Crack Baby’ Panic Reveals About The Opioid Epidemic (Atlantic, 7/16)

POVERTY | A Virginia lawmaker has proposed legislation that would exempt workers and companies in the state’s poorest localities from income taxes for 10 years. (Richmond Times, 7/13)

ARLINGTON COUNTYNo Longer A County Boy: Arlington Official Says County Should Become A City (WAMU, 7/14)

ENVIRONMENT | A new study on the impact of rising sea levels on coastal regions in the US lays out a timeline for Maryland and Virginia. (WaPo, 7/14)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Director | Agua Fund
Database Assistant | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Senior Administrative Assistant/Foundation Coordinator | The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation and the Marriott Daughters Foundation
Program Officer | The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation
Program Officer | Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation
Development Coordinator | Girls on the Run – DC
Senior Program Officer | George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Corporate Gifts Officer | FIRST Chesapeake
Officer, Philanthropic Networks, Philanthropic Partnerships | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Program Manager: Thriving Germantown Community HUB-Germantown, MD | Family Services, Inc.

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