Tag: Disability rights

Amazon investing in education and affordable housing in Northern Virginia

HOUSING | Amazon will donate $3 million to the Arlington Community Foundation to support affordable housing in Arlington County and, in a separate venture, will help George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College create a new, high-tech bachelor’s degree to help meet its future workforce needs, the company announced Tuesday. (WaPo, 6/11)

Since Amazon announced in November that it was building a second headquarters in Crystal City, critics and supporters alike have urged it to do more to support affordable housing… Amazon’s $3 million donation will create a fund that can be used to subsidize some costs of new affordable housing and pay for services for homeless people or those who cannot afford their rent.

COMMUNITY | In the final installment of WRAG’s Journalism Fellows Project, we hear from Jailen Fuller, a junior at Fairmont Heights High School in Prince George’s County, who hopes to use her voice to help those who feel like they do not have one. (Daily, 6/12)

EDUCATION | Prince George’s County Public Schools will receive an additional $53 million from the state’s Kirwan Commission for next school year. (WAMU, 6/11)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland joins DC in passing “clean” energy legislation. But is burning trash clean? (GGWash, 6/11)

DISTRICT | Part of the old RFK Stadium parking lot is now a park with soccer fields and more. (WAMU, 6/8)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | St. Elizabeths, the only public psychiatric hospital in the District, has a long history of misusing the controversial practice of seclusion, which is known to cause lasting psychiatric harm. According to disability rights lawyers from University Legal Services, the hospital has increasingly, and potentially illegally, used such practices. (CP, 6/11)

YOUTH | The Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park teaches how to win on the court and in the classroom. (WaPo, 6/8)

NONPROFITS | The role of a healthy capital investment in helping an organization to optimize its impact. (NPQ, 6/11)

PHILANTHROPY | Why Foundations Should Connect Policy Groups to the People They Seek to Help(Chronicle, 6/11)


How to celebrate Pride in the District all month long.

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Landmark education bill will reshape Maryland’s public school system

EDUCATION | A landmark education bill designed to reshape Maryland’s public school system will become law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, and will send an additional $855 million to schools over the next two years. (WaPo, 5/15)

Over the next two years, the funding will pay for school-based health centers, grants for schools where at least 80 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, raises for teachers — the state will provide a 1.5 percent raise if the local district gives 3 percent — and grants to improve teacher standards.

The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence, also known as the Kirwan Commission, was asked in 2016 to devise a plan to create a world-class school system in Maryland and ensure that all students, regardless of race and ethnicity, are “college- and career-ready” by 10th grade. The Kirwan Commission also was charged with coming up with funding formulas to pay for the plan, but the panel released its recommendations this year without a breakdown of how the state and local governments would share the costs.

IMMIGRATION | Between 75 and 150 adult adoptees in the District and up to 1,700 Virginians are at risk of being deported. (WAMU, 5/15)

RACIAL EQUITY/HEALTH
– An emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health has been created by the Congressional Black Caucus to address access to mental health care and suicide among Black youth, including those who are LGBTQIA. (Washington Blade, 5/7)

Opioid Addiction Drug Going Mostly To Whites, Even As Black Death Rate Rises (NPR, 5/8)

CENSUS | Mayor Bowser officially kicked off the District’s 2020 Census efforts by presenting a proclamation to honor the selection of her Complete Count Committee.

CHILDREN/SAFETY | A Centers for Disease Control study has found that 1 in 14 public and charter high school students in DC has exchanged sex for something of value. Students who had been kicked out of their homes, run away or been abandoned were most likely to have exchanged sex.  (WAMU, 5/16)

HEALTHCARE | How safe are Greater Washington’s hospitals? Some earn top grades for quality and safety, and others don’t score as well. (WBJ, 5/16)

ARTS | Mayor Muriel Bowser Wants Big Changes for the City’s Arts Commission (CP, 5/16)

WOMEN/EQUALITY | June 4 marks the 100-year anniversary of Congress’ passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, and there are a number of places around the Greater Washington region to learn the history of women’s suffrage. (WAMU, 5/16)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Manager | Arabella Advisors – New!
Institutional Development Officer | Martha’s Table – New!
Development Manager, Washington, DC | Reading Partners – New!
Director of Individual Giving | Horizons Greater Washington
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Director of Communications, Technology, and Administration | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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Architecture is like a tree … it grows and matures and branches out. I am part of that tree, of that movement, not starting, or ending, or following anything.” I.M. Pei has died at 102.

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Gentrification in the District is leading to widespread displacement of low-income residents

GENTRIFICATION | According to the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School, low-income residents are being pushed out of DC neighborhoods at some of the highest rates in the country. The newly-released study tracked demographic and economic changes in neighborhoods across the country from 2000 to 2016. (WaPo, 4/26)

“For all the talk of gentrification happening in cities all over the country, what we found is that it really isn’t,” said Myron Orfield, director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity … “Washington is one of the few places in the country where real displacement is actually occurring. It’s quite rare.” More than 38 percent of District residents, including about 35 percent of low-income residents, live in census tracts that are growing economically … but low-income people who live in those areas are at the greatest risk of displacement … the study comes as gentrification and its consequences are being discussed with renewed urgency in the nation’s capital.

Related: This study complements the recent National Community Reinvestment Coalition report that found that DC had the “highest intensity” gentrification in the country, with 20,000 African-American residents displaced from their neighborhoods between 2000 and 2013. (WaPo, 3/19)

DISABILITY RIGHTS/PHILANTHROPY | According to a just-released report by the disability-rights group RespectAbility, nonprofits and foundations must do a better job of hiring, accommodating, and including people with disabilities. The report finds that only 24 percent of nonprofits and foundations have at least one board member with a disability. (Chronicle, 4/25 – Subscription)

EDUCATION
Opinion: Public schools in Montgomery County are growing in the amount of students, and they are also growing more segregated by race and class. (GGWash, 4/24)

–  The District leads the region, and nation, in universal preschool enrollment. (WAMU, 4/17)

RACIAL EQUITY | The Arlington County Board has voted to formally request Jefferson Davis Highway be changed to Richmond Highway, which if approved, will be changed in October. (WAMU, 4/26)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
With new regulations in hand, DC businesses and developers ready to embrace ‘opportunity zones’ (WBJ, 4/24)

How Philanthropy Can Ensure Opportunity Zones Ensure Widespread Economic Renewal (Chronicle, 4/25 – Subscription)

HEALTH
– Some DC Residents Can Exchange Prescriptions for Produce (CP, 4/22)

– The Washington-Baltimore region has just been ranked as the 16th most ozone-polluted city in the US according to the annual State of the Air report, by the American Lung Association. (WTOP, 4/24)

INEQUALITY | A thought-provoking article on inequality and the failures of unrestrained capitalism. (WaPo, 4/20)

COMMUNITY | Bainum Family Foundation Appoints Jacquelyn Davis as New CEO and President

ENVIRONMENT/ART | It’s Not Just Trash, It’s Art: Maryland Park Installation Highlights Pollution Crisis (WAMU, 4/25)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health – New!
Development Operations Manager | World Central Kitchen – New!
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Institutional Writing and Strategy​ | ​League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Development Director​ | ​Greater DC Diaper Bank
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Racial Justice Program Officer​ | ​Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Program Officer​ | ​The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
President and CEO | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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Takoma Park’s 100-year history has led to it being called the “Berkeley of the East”

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How DC restaurants can better welcome patrons with disabilities

DISABILITY RIGHTS | Local residents with mobility, hearing, and vision challenges must navigate a dining scene in DC that does not reliably or consistently prioritize inclusivity. (CP, 4/4)

Accessibility is more than whether a door frame is wide enough for a wheelchair. It’s equally about the hospitality diners with disabilities receive when they come in for a meal, including whether employees are nimble in accommodating them so they can have the same experience as other diners … one in four U.S. adults—61 million people—have a disability that impacts major life activities, according to a 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report … the most common disability type, mobility, affects one in seven adults. As of 2017, there were at least 75,783 people with disabilities living in DC.

HOUSING
– A new DC Policy Center report shows that a majority of the District’s housing stock outside of downtown is comprised of single-family homes.  (GGW, 4/4)

– A Columbia Heights rent strike highlights abuses low-income tenants face in DC (GGW, 4/3)

ENVIRONMENT | Chesapeake Bay Shows Signs Of Health, Despite Historic Rains And Climate Change (WAMU, 4/2)

DISTRICT
– United Medical Center has closed its cancer clinic, forcing patients to seek services elsewhere. (CP, 4/4)

– According to an audit by the city’s Office of Inspector General, DC Water should be doing more to reduce lead levels in the city’s drinking water, leaving infants, young children, and pregnant women at greatest risk of lead exposure. (WTOP, 4/4)

Elections Board Rules DC Can’t Vote On Term Limits … Even Though We’ve Done It Before (CP, 4/4)

NONPROFITS | DC missed a deadline to reapply for AmeriCorps funding, which could end up costing $3.75 million for local nonprofits, including Reading Partners DC, The Literacy Lab, and City Year DC. (WaPo, 4/4)

FAITH | Archbishop Wilton Gregory has just been named the first African American Archbishop of Washington (WAMU, 4/4)

PHILANTHROPY/CLIMATE | The successful Rockefeller Foundation Resiliency Program, tasked with getting cities to think proactively and collaboratively about how to address the interconnected problems of climate change and equity, has been terminated. (Fast Company, 4/2)

ART/RACE | A new generation of black playwrights is demanding a fresh look at racial insensitivity and American social and political inequities. (WaPo, 4/2)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Development Director​ | ​Greater DC Diaper Bank – New!
Program & Marketing Coordinator​ | ​ACT for Alexandria – New!
Grants Manager, Data and Reporting​ | ​The Colorado Health Organization – New!
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation – New!
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations – New!
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations – New!
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations – New!
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations – New!
Racial Justice Program Officer​ | ​Wellspring Philanthropic Fund – New!
Program Officer​ | ​The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation – New!
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
President and CEO | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Grants Program Specialist | Jack and Jill Foundation
Program Manager | Weissberg Foundation
Director of Development Partnerships – New England | League of Conservation Voters
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation
Grants Management Associate | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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Crowd-sourcing to help fix confusing DC signs with #GoodSignDC 

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Review finds hundreds of Fairfax students with special needs secluded and restrained

EDUCATION/DISABILITY RIGHTS | Fairfax County Public Schools officials have reported thousands of incidents of students with special needs being isolated or physically restrained. The preliminary findings of a recent review found 1,679 incidents affecting 203 students in the 2017-18 school year. (WAMU, 4/3)

Nationally, the available federal data shows that the use of seclusion and restraint is rare, but students with disabilities disproportionately experiencing the majority of cases. In Fairfax, district guidelines prohibit seclusion “unless there is a dangerous situation and seclusion/restraint is necessary to protect the student or another person or persons” …  “The board is confronting a problematic history here where there is an appearance that things have been swept under the rug,” said at-large school board member Ryan McElveen … “We are not going to move forward without a full investigation. This board is going to get to the bottom as to why this has occurred.”

IMMIGRATION/EQUITY | Tatiana Torres, a CSR regional director, shares her story about growing up undocumented on the Consumer Health Foundation blog. (CHF, 4/3)

HOUSING | A Maryland General Assembly bill that would have required landlords to give a reason for evicting a tenant was voted down. (Bethesda Magazine, 3/29)

DISTRICT | A bill has been introduced to the DC Council to build eight new statues, one in each ward, of accomplished women and people of color who were born and raised in DC. (WAMU, 4/2)

PHILANTHROPY/EQUITY | Opinion: Real Equity Means Including People With Disabilities in Philanthropy (Chronicle, 4/1)

WORKFORCE/EQUALITY | America has stalled on equal pay, and women of color face the biggest gap. (Vox, 4/2)

ENVIRONMENT | The Tidal Basin is deteriorating because of climate change and tourism. (WaPo, 4/3)

HEALTH | Maryland legislature agrees to raise minimum smoking age to 21 (WaPo, 4/3)


Remembering Marvin Gaye 35 years after his death.

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Dr. Madye Henson announced as new WRAG President and CEO

WRAG | Following a highly competitive national search and vetting process, the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Madye Henson as President and CEO. She will take the helm on April 15.

Madye steps into this role with over 20 years of cross-sector leadership and a distinguished reputation for building strong relationships. She is known as a visionary and strategic thinker with capacity-building and organizational management skills that have enhanced the teams she’s led within the business, education, and nonprofit sectors. Throughout her career, she has tackled effectively the significant and complex challenges facing the organizations she led with a blend of strategic, operational and cultural expertise admired by staff and stakeholders alike. Modeling leadership resiliency and courage, Madye has engaged in implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and developed lasting partnerships as cornerstones for mission success.

HOUSING
DC Plans To Phase Out Overflow Motels For Families Experiencing Homelessness By The End Of 2020 (dcist, 3/22)

– A new study shows that those who are poor are more likely to be overcharged on their rent. (CityLab, 3/21)

– A congregation in Ward 4 built affordable housing for their community. (GGW, 3/21)

RACIAL JUSTICE | Arlington County May Take Another Avenue To Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway (WAMU, 3/25)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | DC residents with disabilities face many barriers when looking for housing. (WaPo, 3/20)

EDUCATION
–  How College Admissions Stack the Deck against Low-Income Applicants (NPQ, 3/19)

– The Prince George’s County budget proposal that has been submitted by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is focused on education. (Prince George’s Sentinel, 3/21)

HISTORY | African American History Museum Unveils Previously Unknown Harriet Tubman Photo (dcist, 3/25)


Yesterday, March 25th, was Maryland Day – a legal holiday in the state.

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Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington launches initiative to secure $1 billion toward affordable housing

HOUSING | The Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington, which WRAG co-convenes along with Enterprise Community Partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Citi Community Development, has announced the Capital Region Housing Challenge. The initiative encourages employers, anchor institutions, philanthropy, private investors, and local and state governments to commit by the end of 2020 at least $500 million in new private capital and $500 million in new public funds toward affordable apartments and home ownership.

“The Capital Region Housing Challenge is a down payment toward the investments needed to truly solve the region’s housing needs, especially for lower income residents,” said David Bowers, Enterprise Community Partners Vice President and Mid Atlantic Market Leader and HLG Co‐Convener. “By working in partnership with other regional efforts and stakeholders, we are committed to promote the value of, and opportunities to, invest $1 billion in new capital by the end of 2020.”

WRAG’s vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott says, “WRAG is excited to support the Housing Leaders Group and this Capital Regional Housing Challenge. We trust this challenge will encourage and energize everyone to plug in where they can to support housing affordability across the region.”

Click here to read a fact sheet about the Capital Region Housing Challenge.

WRAG | After 11.5 years at WRAG, today is Katy Moore’s last day at the organization. In her final blog post, she reflects back on her career thus far in philanthropy, what she’s learned, and where she sees the field heading in the future. (Daily, 3/20)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | The Smithsonian Debuts New Accessibility Technology For Blind and Low-Vision Patrons (CP, 3/15)

WORKFORCE | JPMorgan Chase is investing $350 million to get workers ready for the future (CNN, 3/19)

REGION | New consortium sets vision for Washington region to be national leader in finding digital solutions to problems (WaPo, 3/19)

POVERTY | Millennial women are more likely than GenXers to live below the poverty line. The newly released report, CLIPPED WINGS, reveals the current economic reality for millennial women and the primary drivers contributing to the wealth inequities they experience. (Asset Funders Network, 3/19)

EDUCATION | Fairfax County Public Schools are launching “a complete and thorough evaluation and review” into their seclusion and restraint practices following the revelation of hundreds of unreported cases. (WAMU, 3/15)

COMMUNITY | Kim R. Ford has been named the new CEO of Martha’s Table. (WBJ, 3/18)

PHILANTHROPY | Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls (Inside Philanthropy, 3/15)


It’s the first day of Spring and the first day of the Cherry Blossom Festival!

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Virginia racial gerrymandering case headed to the Supreme Court

RACIAL JUSTICE | Today the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in Virginia’s racial gerrymandering redistricting case, which could determine the balance of power in the state’s legislature for years. (WaPo, 3/17)

A panel of lower-court judges ruled last year that 11 Virginia House of Delegates districts were racially gerrymandered and ordered a new map to correct them. House Republicans appealed that finding and will argue against the new map before the high court. All 140 seats in the legislature are on the ballot this fall. The party that controls the General Assembly in 2021 will oversee the next statewide re­districting effort, following next year’s census — potentially cementing an advantage in future elections.

– Virginia is confronting its dark past and seeking to document as many lynching cases as possible, including three in Loudoun County that are expected to be memorialized by a historical marker in the future. (Loudoun County Times, 3/16)

HOMELESSNESS
DC Central Kitchen, which serves 10,000 meals per day to homeless shelters, is facing financial turbulence after losing a major portion of a long-standing contract. (CP, 3/14)

– The District’s new Downtown Services Center in the basement of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church is a new space that provides many services for people experiencing homelessness, from access to healthcare to a barber shop. (WTOP, 3/14)

EDUCATION | DC’s Free Preschool Program Turns 10. How It’s Changed Family Life In The District (WAMU, 3/15)

CHILD CARE | Arlington votes to adopt changes to improve child care access. (arlingtonva.us, 3/16)

MENTAL HEALTH | Mental health problems rise significantly among young Americans (WaPo, 3/16)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | Why The College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students With Disabilities (NPR, 3/14)

ENVIRONMENT | How a 7th-grader’s strike against climate change exploded into a movement (WaPo, 23/16)


Did you know this about St. Patrick’s Day? Sláinte!

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New housing unit for adults with disabilities underway in Rockville

DISABILITY RIGHTS| As the number of children with developmental disabilities increases and housing becomes limited after age 21, projects focused on adults with disabilities are growing across the country. (WaPo, 2/12)

Waiting lists for group homes are long, and the homes are not a good fit for everyone. Living alone with a caregiver can be isolating and potentially dangerous. Meanwhile, the need for housing solutions is growing. The CDC said in 2018 that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and in the next 10 years an estimated 500,000 people with autism will enter adulthood, with almost 424,000 on waiting lists for residential services, according to Kim Musheno, vice president of public policy for the Autism Society of America.

EDUCATION
– Debate Over Charter School Transparency Rooted In DC’s Struggle For Local Governance (WAMU, 2/12)

– Acting schools chancellor Lewis Ferebee testified this week before the DC Council and got a glimpse into the politics that may await him if he is confirmed as chancellor of the DC public school system. (WaPo, 2/12)

RACE
– Blackface is just a symptom of American medicine’s racist past (WaPo, 2/12)

– Wilson High School in DC is considering changing the name, based on the former President’s policies and prejudices. (WAMU, 2/13)

HEALTH | Virginia moves closer to raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. (WaPo, 2/12)

TRANSIT/EQUITY
– Under a new plan being proposed by Metro, the agency would subsidize an Uber, Lyft or other on-demand trip to fill the late-night service gap for workers. (WaPo, 2/13)

– Transit Equity Day was celebrated across the country this year on February 4 in honor of Rosa Parks, and is focusing on transit as a civil rights issue and a component of a climate-safe future. (NPQ, 2/4)

LGBTQIA+  | Having experienced harassment in the past, a homophobic pamphlet was recently found in The Washington Blade newspaper, the city’s free LGBTQIA+ newspaper. (DCist, 2/12)

NONPROFITS | Nonprofit Workforce Study Finds Strengths in Growth, Pay, and Resilience (NPQ, 2/7)

PHILANTHROPY | How Foundations Can Help Opportunity Zone Communities Succeed (SSIR, 2/7)


Wait, we just had snow in Hawaii??

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Affordable housing investments in D.C. assist thousands

HOUSING
– Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration is highlighting recent affordable housing investments designed to assist thousands of D.C. residents who can soon rent from over 1,200 apartments. (City Paper, 10/7)

At a groundbreaking ceremony for the future mixed-use Beacon Center development, at 6300 Georgia Ave. NW, Bowser highlighted 19 affordable-housing projects her team has shepherded since she took office last year. They amount to just over $106 million designated from D.C.’s Housing Production Trust Fund, a major tool for bankrolling such housing. So far, Bowser has put $100 million annually in the fund.

In a statement, the mayor called her budgetary commitments for affordable housing unprecedented. “Because of our efforts, real money is getting out the door,” she said in remarks echoed by her Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner and Department of Housing and Community Development Director Polly Donaldson, who described the investments as “historic.”

– Montgomery County is facing a challenge over affordable housing plans in Silver Spring. (GGW, 10/5)

RACIAL EQUITY
– In a special guest post, Terri Lee Freeman, former head of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and WRAG board chair, writes about why, from her current vantage point as the president of the National Civil Rights Museum, she believes it is critically necessary for funders to do the difficult work of confronting institutional racism. (Daily, 10/11)

–  Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A ‘Legal Gray Area’ (NPR, 10/10)

EDUCATION
Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has committed $1 million to help Venture Philanthropy Partners expand career-and college-readiness programs through the new Ready for Work: Champions for Career and College Ready Graduates of Prince George’s County initiative.

 – After Maryland Governor Larry Hogan mandated that school begin after Labor Day, the Montgomery County Board of Education has voted to start classes before the holiday weekend. (WTOP, 10/10)

DISTRICT
 There are alarming reports of significant patient abuse at St. Elizabeths Hospital, the city-run institution for the mentally ill in D.C. (City Paper, 10/7)

– In the latest turmoil, Warden William Smith resigned from the D.C. Department of Corrections. (City Paper, 10/11)

PHILANTHROPY | The Meyer Foundation received the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s  Making D.C. History Award for Distinction in Local Philanthropy at the Making D.C. History Awards on Friday, October 7, 2016.


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