How to support longtime DC residents in the workforce

WORKFORCE | A recent report from the DC Policy Center analyzed the barriers longtime DC residents face when they are seeking employment. The report recommends different strategies to address the barriers, including creating opportunities for low-income residents and those who are persistently/chronically unemployed. (DC Policy Center, 5/23)

Creating opportunities for low-income residents and those who are persistently or chronically unemployed starts when a child is born, continues when they are in the educational pipeline, and persists through the life-cycle. However, one concrete action local businesses can take is to form councils that specifically address poverty and chronic/persistent unemployment in certain areas. Working together, local businesses can assess their capacities to hire and train local workers and commit to hiring from specific pools of populations, such as older workers, returning citizens, or citizens that reside in certain neighborhoods.

RACIAL EQUITY |In a new blog, Nicky Goren, president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation and Vice Chair of WRAG’s Board of Directors, offers a new look at the Foundation’s strategic plan and introduces a new racial equity resource page on their website. (Meyer Foundation Blog, 6/7)

AFFORDABLE HOUSINGRent strikes grow in popularity among tenants as gentrification drives up rents in cities like D.C. (WaPo, 6/9)

IMMIGRATION | Prachi Patankar, program director for social justice at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, discusses why philanthropy should care about mass deportation. (NCRP, 6/5)

ENVIRONMENT | A local restaurant owner is looking to form a coalition with other D.C.-area restaurants, bars, and hotels to eliminate the usage of plastic straws. (WBJ, 6/8)

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