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Bill to protect tenants in evictions faces criticism from landlords

HOUSING | Maryland Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins will introduce a bill to restrict evictions to certain types of tenant violations, including breach of a lease and disorderly conduct. The bill will also guarantee at least a 60-day notice of eviction. Landlords in the state say the bill will make it harder to evict tenants. (Bethesda Beat, 12/5)

State legislation that would require Montgomery County landlords to provide “just cause,” for issuing evictions has drawn ire from apartment managers and apartment associations, who fear the bill would incumber the process of evicting “problem tenants.”

During the hearing [for the bill], both proponents and opponents testified on the bill, with a dozen people voicing opposition. Ron Wineholt, the vice president of government affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, said that in his observation, “99 percent of tenants” pay their rent on time and abide by the terms of the lease. With the 60-day required notice, he worries that Wilkins’ bill could prolong an already lengthy process of evicting “problem tenants,” interfering with the quiet enjoyment of the property by other tenants.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | A warden from a Maryland Correctional Institution for Women is changing the food offered to make it healthier. (WaPo, 12/5)

IMMIGRATION | Proposed public charge rule could erode health insurance coverage gains among citizen children with non-citizen parents (Urban Institute, 12/4)

– How funders can think more about how they wield their power with grantees. (CEP, 11/29)

– Opinion: Facebook’s Bare-Knuckle Tactics Are Just One Sign of a Media Culture That Philanthropy Can Help Fix (Chronicle, 12/5)

– Opinion: Why there should be more outrage about student debt in the fight against poverty. (Truthout, 12/4)

Eliminating Book Deserts: How A D.C. Community Bookstore Is Breaking Down Barriers To Reading (WAMU, 12/6)

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Some puns for your Thursday!

– Kendra

How will DC pay for its Birth-to-Three For All DC bill?

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The DC Council unanimously approved the Birth-to-Three For All DC Act, which will increase investments in health services provided to infants and toddlers, and increase subsidies for early childhood learning to expand access and to increase the wages of low-paid workers. Now the city has to figure out how to fund it. (DCist, 11/19)

This all comes at a steep price: an estimated $500 million over the next decade. So far, just $1.3 million has been earmarked for the Birth-to-Three Act in the 2019 budget, financed by a tobacco tax increase last spring.

This month 18 local organizations—banding together under the umbrella of the “Birth to Three Policy Alliance”—sent a letter to the mayor, requesting she invest $30 million in her next budget for the legislation ($22 million to raise the wages of educators, $6 million to expand home visiting, and $2 million to expand healthcare supports).

– Here’s what DC offered Amazon to locate its second headquarters here. The incentives include DC committing to double its spending on affordable housing through the Housing Production Trust Fund to $200 million a year. (WAMU, 11/19)

– This is how the residents of a historically Black section of Exmore, Virginia created a nonprofit and installed their own indoor plumbing in 1999 after city officials ignored them for years. (YES! Magazine, 11/19)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018, a report honoring the known transgender people killed in 2018. (HRC, 11/19)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Anacostia-based Theater Alliance has named Raymond O. Caldwell as its new artistic director. (WaPo, 11/19)

WORKFORCE | How the economy is impacting the lives of women, especially those who are pregnant or women of color. (Truthout, 11/11)

IMMIGRATION | A federal judge has temporarily blocked the administration from denying asylum to migrants who cross the southern border into the United States. (WaPo, 11/20)

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Here’s a guide to talking with relatives and others you don’t exactly agree with during the holidays.

– Kendra

How it feels to be a deaf person in prison

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | When individuals are incarcerated, often they are not able to access resources like adequate medical care and other support they need. In this article, a returning citizen who is deaf discusses how he was treated, including being denied American Sign Language interpreters. (The Marshall Project, 10/18)

While I was in prison they had no American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. None of the staff knew sign language, not the doctors or the nurses, the mental health department, the administration, the chaplain, the mail room. Nobody. In the barbershop, in the chow hall, I couldn’t communicate with the other inmates. When I was assaulted, I couldn’t use the phone to call the Prison Rape Elimination Act (a federal law meant to prevent sexual assault in prison) hotline to report what happened. And when they finally sent an interviewer, there was no interpreter. Pretty much everywhere I went, there was no access to ASL. Really, it was deprivation.

HEALTH | A new report, Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region, produced by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Health Officials Committee, explores the differences in health opportunities in the Greater Washington region. (MWCOG, 10/26)

CENSUS 2020 | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will launch “Count the Region,” an initiative that is dedicated to ensuring that everyone living in Northern Virginia is counted in the 2020 Census. (CFNV, 10/23)

TRANSITMetro Board Decides Not To End Rider Advisory Council (WAMU, 10/25)

IMMIGRATION | According to a recent analysis, the most significant “deportation force” in the US is local police, as they routinely inform ICE about suspects they believe are undocumented. (Citylab, 10/25)

NONPROFITS | OPINION: A Neglected Issue on the Campaign Path: Nonprofits Face Unfair Tax Increase (Chronicle, 10/25 – Subscription needed)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy– New!
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area– New!
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum– New!
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
Grants Administrator | Healthcare Initiative Foundation
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade
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
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

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Here’s some Halloween fun with Chucky!

– Kendra

The racial divide in the Greater Washington region’s schools

– Recently released data suggests that a racial divide exists in educational opportunity, attainment and school discipline practices in the Greater Washington region. It found that Black students in DC charter and traditional public schools are 11.7 times more likely than white students to be disciplined, and Montgomery County has the second highest rate of suspensions for Black students (WAMU, 10/18)

Jacqueline Naves, the supervisor of pupil personnel services at Prince George’s County says her district’s focus on the “root causes” of behavioral issues is what has driven down the number of suspensions.

“It might be the child is misbehaving in school because of other factors that are happening to them. It could be something at home like maybe they didn’t have enough to eat,” says Naves, [whose] department works with partners to provide students with food. They have also recently hired someone in the central office whose fulltime job is to help educators figure out how to respond to negative classroom behavior in positive ways.

– An analysis of the average student debt burden in the US found that in large cities with a substantial population of young and low-income borrowers, their debt burden can exceed 10 percent. (Citylab, 10/19)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | In a speech on Sunday, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring called for reform to the state’s cash bond system because many nonviolent, low-risk defendants are jailed due to their inability to afford bail. (WaPo, 10/21)

IMMIGRATIOND.C. Attorney General Sues ICE For Information About Arrests In The District (WAMU, 10/22)

CSR | Laura Howard, senior program manager of community benefit at Kaiser Permanente, discusses how her participation in the 2017 Institute for CSR has enhanced her knowledge and ensured her work supports the goals of her organization. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 10/22)

HOUSINGHUD can’t fix exclusionary zoning by withholding Community Development Block Grant funds (Brookings, 10/15)

Today is National TV Talk Show Host Day! Oprah, of course, is one of my top five. What talk show host are you celebrating today?

– Kendra

The impact of universal pre-K in the District of Columbia

– The Center for American Progress has released a report that analysed the impact of universal preschool on mothers in DC. The report found that the maternal labor force participation increased among both low-income and high-income families. (Center for American Progress, 9/26)

Looking within the population of District of Columbia families, this study finds that there are significant differences in maternal labor force participation by marital status, education level, total family income, and race/ethnicity. Increases in maternal labor force participation are driven by both low-income and very-high-income mothers, while middle-income mothers have roughly the same maternal labor force participation as before universal preschool expansion.

Low-income and unmarried women may have increased their labor force participation rates, but many are still unemployed or working part-time. Meanwhile, among high-income families, about 88 percent of mothers with young children were employed—a rate that is comparable to that of fathers of all income levels with young children.

– DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman to Introduce Initiative 77 Compromise Tuesday (WCP, 9/28)

WRAG COMMUNITY | In this announcement, WRAG’s Board of Directors provide an update on the search for the next president of WRAG. (Daily, 10/1)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | A new report found that bisexual individuals are more likely to be unemployed and relying on public benefits than their straight counterparts. (Metro Weekly, 9/27)

IMMIGRATION | How the US government is targeting Chinese immigrants who have been granted asylum. (NPR, 9/28)

BUSINESSNew laws: Gun restrictions in Maryland, tax hikes in D.C. (WaPo, 9/30)

NONPROFITS | In this article, the Chronicle of Philanthropy asked individuals who are experienced in corporate-nonprofit partnerships for advice on how best to support each other. (Chronicle, 9/5 – Subscription needed)

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– Kendra