Tag: homelessness

How these queer youth became entrepreneurs

LGBTQIA/BUSINESS | Last month, a local nonprofit, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, hosted a panel discussion with four LGBTQIA youth who have experienced homelessness. The youth cited challenges they experienced, but also talked about how they became entrepreneurs. (GGWash, 12/12)

Unsurprisingly, employment opportunities are frequently among the highest-ranked needs homeless LGBTQ youth report. Panelists said the work they find is often part-time and isn’t sustainable. Chris noted that workplaces can be unwelcoming to LGBTQ people, and that they have experienced prejudice on the job, both intentional and unintentional.

Panelists created small businesses to supplement their income and, in some cases, to feel comfortable being at work. Some of their enterprises include house cleaning, catering, jewelry making, and makeup design.

PHILANTHROPY | Tenneh Kemah, a  WRAG/UMD Philanthropy Fellow with The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a student in UMD’s Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program, discusses how her experience with the foundation is helping her gain valuable skills for her work at her own organization. (Daily, 12/13)

IMMIGRATION | This is what sanctuary means for a woman who is undocumented in Virginia. (WaPo, 12/12)

ENVIRONMENT | Big company, big dollars, small community: Dominion deal sparks dissent in community facing gas project (WaPo, 12/9)

WORKFORCE | A D.C. Superior Court judge has ruled that elections officials failed to follow proper procedure when they allowed supporters of the Initiative 77 referendum to collect signatures. (WAMU, 12/12)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Prince George’s County Police Officers of Color File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit (WAMU, 12/12)

TRANSIT | A few weeks ago, the DC Council voted to decriminalize fare evasion, which would stop the targeted arrests of youth of color and Black men. This week, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission wrote a letter to DC’s mayor expressing its disappointment with the passing of the legislation. (InsideNOVA, 12/12)

HOUSING | Arlington County has released a new report analyzing the progress of its affordable housing master plan. The report found that although it was able to create or preserve 515 homes guaranteed to remain affordable to low-income renters this year, the number is short of the county’s goal. (ARLnow, 12/12)


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Would a robot take your job? Find out here.

– Kendra

Here’s the real impact of negative perceptions of Black residents

HOUSING
– A new study from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution found that the value of assets with a high concentration of Black people such as houses, schools and others are linked to perceptions of Black people. The research shows that homes in neighborhoods where the population is at least 50% Black are valued at half the price as homes in neighborhoods with no Black residents. (Next City, 11/29)

According to the authors’ analysis, differences in home and neighborhood quality do not fully explain the lower value of homes in black neighborhoods. Homes in majority-black neighborhoods are worth $48,000 less than homes of similar quality in neighborhoods with similar amenities but few or no black residents, the authors found.

In total, the authors tabulated that majority-black neighborhoods contain 3.2 million owner-occupied homes worth an estimated $609 billion — but those homes would collectively be worth $156 billion more if not for the lower value that comes with the perceptions associated with being in a majority-black neighborhood.

– Jacqueline Lassey, WRAG Journalism Fellow and a student at DC’s Richard Wright Public Charter School, writes about her changing DC neighborhood and its impact on her family. (Daily, 12/3)

HOMELESSNESS | Amanda Misiko Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, discusses why racial equity must be included in the movement to end homelessness. (CHF Blog, 11/29)

HEALTH
– The District of Columbia Hospital Association has announced that Providence Hospital will keep its emergency room open until April 2019. (WAMU, 11/30)

Medicare To Cut Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients End Up Back In The Hospital (NPR, 12/1)

EDUCATION | The Arlington Public School system will redraw school boundaries this upcoming school year and the next year after more schools are built to ease overcrowding. (WAMU, 12/3)

TRANSIT | Metro was willing to work with Jason Kessler to provide special treatment for ‘Unite the Right’ rallygoers, emails show (WaPo, 11/29)


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DC has finally closed the DC General shelter

HOMELESSNESS
– The District officially closed the DC General shelter yesterday. Many of the new shelters that were supposed to house the families are not ready, but the city was able to place them in alternative housing. (WAMU, 10/30)

The final closure of the long-troubled shelter, years in the making, was brief and without fanfare. A chain hung loosely across one set of doors and rooms inside the building had been emptied of possessions and cleaned. There was little evidence that the building — which served as a public hospital until it was shuttered in 2001, and as a shelter for a decade — had once housed 270 families at a time, amounting to more than a thousand men, women and children.

“We embarked four years ago on closing D.C. General,” said [DC Mayor] Bowser. “We all believed it was too big, too rundown, too isolated to serve families who need emergency shelter. We have worked over the course of the last four years to create short term family housing in all eight wards of the city.”

– A recent study found unsheltered homeless people face higher mortality rates than sheltered individuals (Street Sense Media, 10/17)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A new report by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that of the 22 DC agencies that frequently interact with domestic violence survivors, only two have policies on how to respond to reports of domestic violence. (WaPo, 10/31)

NONPROFITS | Susan Nall Bales, founder and board chair of the FrameWorks Institute, advises nonprofits on how to frame their issues better. (NPQ, 10/30)

HEALTHNew Study Suggests People in Arlington’s Poorest Neighborhoods Are Less Able to Lead Healthy Lives (ARLnow, 10/30)

WORKFORCE | A federal labor board has found that a Maryland hospital discouraged nurses from forming a union. (Baltimore Sun, 10/31)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | As the federal administration moves to strip transgender people of their rights, the DC Office of Human Rights assures that the city’s local laws our strong. (DCist, 10/30)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Global Children’s Rights Program Officer | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund– New!
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Director of Program Fund Development | National Society of Black Engineers
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Grants Manager | DC SCORES
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade
SR. CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP SPECIALIST | PHI, An Exelon Company
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation
Program Director for Criminal Justice | Public Welfare Foundation
Senior Program Associate | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Director, Corporate Partnerships | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Officer | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Community Investment Fellow | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Digital Marketing Manager | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Communications Associate, Design and Web | Flamboyan Foundation
Communications Manager, Content and Digital | Flamboyan Foundation
Grants Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)
Chief Development Officer | EveryMind
Director of Development | DC Bar Foundation
Institutional Fundraising Coordinator | Shakespeare Theatre Company

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– Kendra

Tenants fight for affordable housing from church in DC

HOUSING | A DC resident recently passed away, leaving about 6 occupied four-unit apartment buildings located in northeast DC to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Now the tenants, along with affordable housing advocates, are trying to work with the church to stay in their homes. (WCP, 10/11)

On Feb. 20, the executor of Doyle’s estate transferred the deeds of these properties to the basilica for a sum of zero dollars. The tenants found themselves in an unusual bind, caught in legal limbo by both District rental laws and those applying to religious institutions. Though D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act gives tenants a first right of refusal to purchase their buildings when they go up for sale, TOPA doesn’t apply when the building changes hands through a deed transfer from a decedent to a charity.

And as the Roman Catholic Church, the basilica “is not permitted to manage or own rental properties as a trade or business,” according to a letter that Kevin Kavanaugh, treasurer of basilica subsidiary BNSIC Title Holding Corporation, sent to 636 Girard Street NE resident Heather Benno this summer. Kavanaugh is also the comptroller of the basilica.

LGBTQIA RIGHTS‘Proud And Relieved’: Matthew Shepard’s Remains To Be Interred At National Cathedral (NPR, 10/11)

PHILANTHROPY | The Chronicle of Philanthropy explores why immigrant philanthropists are often overlooked. (Chronicle, 10/2)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Hurricane Michael is gone, but it left five deaths in Virginia. (WaPo, 10/12)

HOMELESSNESS | As the city continues the demolition of DC General, thirty-four families still remain at the shelter. (DCist, 10/11)

RACIAL EQUITYOf Protest And Patriotism: A 1968 Gold Medalist Remembers The Games (NPR, 10/12)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Administrator | Healthcare Initiative Foundation– New!
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade– New!
SR. CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP SPECIALIST | PHI, An Exelon Company– New!
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation
Program Director for Criminal Justice | Public Welfare Foundation
Director of HR/Talent | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Senior Program Associate | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Director, Corporate Partnerships | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Officer | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Community Investment Fellow | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Digital Marketing Manager | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Communications Associate, Design and Web | Flamboyan Foundation
Communications Manager, Content and Digital | Flamboyan Foundation
Grants Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)
Chief Development Officer | EveryMind
Director of Development | DC Bar Foundation
Institutional Fundraising Coordinator | Shakespeare Theatre Company
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Vice-President for Development and Communications | Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED)
Development Manager | Leadership Greater Washington
Senior Managing Director, Finance & Operations | Flamboyan Foundation/
Institutional Giving Associate | Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Director, Institutional Giving | Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Major Gifts Officer | L’Arche Greater Washington D.C.
Manager of Program & Evaluation Services | BoardSource
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

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Another quiz for Disney fans – this time with song lyrics.

– Kendra

How do we improve the region’s agricultural economy?

AGRICULTURE | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is set to release a report, What Our Region Grows, by the end of the year. The report analysed the region’s agricultural economy and includes recommendations on how to strengthen it. According to the report, more than 480,000 residents from across the region are employed in this sector. (MWCOG, 9/24)

“We’re excited to share this first look at the work of COG’s experienced Regional Agricultural Work Group,” said Lindsay Smith, COG’s Regional Food Systems Value Chain Coordinator. “This report reinforces the idea that regional collaboration is key to ensuring agriculture can expand and thrive in metropolitan Washington.”

Metropolitan Washington is a growing region with a growing demand for food, yet land in farms has been steadily decreasing since World War II. Earlier this decade, COG set a regional goal to maintain 498,946 acres of land in farms to improve the food system and preserve agriculture. The most recent data puts the region just 3,600 acres above this threshold.

HOMELESSNESSFirst Homeless Shelter To Replace D.C. General Opens In Ward 4 (DCist, 9/26)

CSR | Congratulations to WRAG member Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and senior partner at PwC, for being named one of the finalists for Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 2018 Responsible CEO of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards! (CSR Wire, 9/26)

PHILANTHROPYThe gentrification of movements: 4 Ways funders can stop putting raisins in the potato salad (NCRP, 9/24)

EDUCATION
– On Monday, DC students will no longer be able to use their DC One Cards to ride the metro or bus for free. They will need to use special SmarTrips, but the District has not distributed enough to all schools. (WAMU, 9/27)

– D.C. principal was taped mocking student’s sex assault claim, lawsuit says (WaPo, 9/26)


You probably have heard of these foods, but have you heard the nicknames for them

– Kendra

DC Council may overturn tipped wage vote

WORKFORCE | Yesterday, the DC Council held a hearing on the repeal of the tipped wage ballot initiative, which a majority of voters supported a few months ago. Over 250 people signed up to offer testimony, and the Council heard from proponents and opponents of the repeal. Check out Washington City Paper’s live coverage of the hearing here. (WCP, 9/17)

Katharine Lanfield is a social worker who says she has seen how our inequitable economic system makes life difficult for low-income workers and calls the move to repeal 77 an attack on the democratic process as well as low-wage workers. She asks, “Is there any other industry in which the customers, rather than the employers, are responsible for paying a worker’s wages?” “Tipped workers are not earning a fair wage from their employers and it’s fully in our power to right their wrong,” she adds.

Anita Bonds, the only councilmember in the room, asked Lanfield for more information.

“When I hear restaurant owners and managers talk about how a change like this is unsustainable, all I can think is how unsustainable it is to live on poverty-level wages,” she says.

HOMELESSNESS | Funders Together to End Homelessness has issued a statement regarding Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’s announcement that he will begin funding homelessness initiatives. (Funders Together, 9/14)

RACIAL EQUITY | Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism and one of WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table speakers, discusses how white people are raised to be racially illiterate and how they can combat this. (NBC News, 9/16)

Related: Watch Dr. DiAngelo describe the way race shapes the lives of white people during the third session of this year’s Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity series.

PHILANTHROPY | Brandon Iracks-Edelin discusses his experience as a Newman’s Own Foundation Fellow at United Philanthropy Forum. (NoGoodFellows, 9/14)

IMMIGRATIONMontgomery County Funds Three Groups Providing Legal Help To Immigrants Facing Deportation (WAMU, 9/17)

POVERTY | DC Policy Center explores the trends in concentrated poverty in the Greater Washington region from 1970 to 2015 in a new blog post. (DC Policy Center, 9/13)

TRANSITBusiness leaders warn that the Washington region’s inadequate bus system is stifling growth (WaPo, 9/18)


Can you guess where these fruits and vegetables grow?

– Kendra