Tag: poverty

Middle-income seniors may be unable to afford housing and care in the future

–  According to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs, the number of middle-income seniors is projected to soar in the next 10 years, and many of them will be unable to afford housing and care. In metropolitan areas such as DC, where the cost of living is higher than the national average, the problem is especially acute. (WaPo, 5/28)

Seniors who have too much income to qualify for government-subsidized housing and don’t make enough to live in a luxury development will be left behind … and for those without homes to sell or borrow against, the outlook is bleak: In 2029, 81 percent of middle-income seniors without equity in housing will have an annual income that is below the projected annual $62,000 for assisted living rent and estimated out of pocket medical spending, the study found … “Even if we assume that seniors devote 100 percent of their annual income to seniors housing — setting aside any personal expenses — only 19 percent of middle-income seniors will have financial resources that exceed today’s costs of assisted living,” the study said.

Opinion: The 2020 DC Council budget may cut the Affordable Housing Preservation Tool, which provides an opportunity for residents to stay in their homes with affordable rents. Eliminating funding for the AHPF in 2020 means, at minimum, a $60 million cut in funds to preserve affordable housing. (GGWash, 5/24)

EDUCATION | Five new charter schools are planned for the District for the 2020-2021 academic year but there are concerns that city resources will be affected and their opening may result in more empty seats at existing middle and high schools that are struggling to attract students. (WaPo, 5/26)

ENVIRONMENT | Can the DC area clean up its waste problem? (WTOP, 5/27)

POVERTY/HUNGER | It’s World Hunger Day. Here’s why so many people still suffer from malnutrition. (WaPo, 5/28)

DISTRICT | Long-standing tax breaks for tech companies in the District could be cut and the revenue used instead to fund social services. (WAMU, 5/27)

LGBTQIA | Transgender Military Members Say Ban Is ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 2.0’ (WAMU, 5/28)

GUN VIOLENCE | Giving Up Guns: High-Risk Veterans Are Ready To Talk About It (WAMU, 5/24)

PHILANTHROPY | One Foundation CEO’s Plan to Respond to Today’s Outrages. What’s Yours? (Chronicle, 5/22)

Hunting for mushrooms with the Mycological Association of Washington.

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– Buffy

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!

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Friday!

– Buffy

New report links dollar stores to economic distress for people of color

RACE/POVERTY | New research from a nonprofit advocacy group links a lack of grocery stores to the presence of dollar stores in high-poverty neighborhoods with a higher percentage of residents of color. According to the report, there is growing evidence that these dollar stores are causing economic distress for the neighborhoods in which they reside. (WAMU, 2/19)

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) reports that dollar stores can be found in Northeast and Southeast DC and in Prince George’s County and are chipping away at the profitability of local grocers and retail outlets and then taking advantage of the void left by the departure of those stores.

“When you look at the maps of the share of residents who are African American, it just jumps right out,” said Stacy Mitchell, co-director of ILSR and the co-author of the report. It looked at the national impact of the discount chains and revealed that as the number of dollar stores increase, shoppers who frequent them continue to struggle financially.

– A program at Food & Friends is working to combat food insecurity and negative health outcomes for expectant mothers by providing healthy, hearty meals. (WTOP, 2/20)

– How often fruits and vegetables are depicted on billboards depends on who you are and where you live. (WaPo, 2/19)

ENVIRONMENT | Environmentalists are fighting a solar panel project that would help Georgetown University dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions because the development needed to do it would put tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay at risk. (WaPo, 2/17)

– The ACLU of Maryland is pushing for passage of a bill that would allow private schools to be sued over alleged discrimination, an option that now exists only for public schools under Maryland law. (WaPo, 2/18)

Study Explores Link Between Health, School Absenteeism (Prince George’s Sentinel, 2/13)

– Five pioneering black women philanthropists who paved the way for women today.  (PushBlack Now, 2/20)

 – Opinion: Trump’s Emergency Declaration Threatens Philanthropy’s Core Values (Chronicle, 2/18)

Yikes, are we really that bad? Stay off the roads and enjoy the snow today! 

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Friday!

– Buffy

New report highlights disparities for women in Montgomery County

GENDER/RACE | Women in Montgomery County have made strides in the labor force, education and in the political arena according to a new report from the Montgomery County Commission for Women, but it also highlights disparities across gender, race, and geography and focuses on several areas for concern, including the 16,500 women living in poverty, and clear racial and ethnic disparities in women’s health. (WAMU, 1/29)

“This county is the same one we all think of with the great schools and the women with a lot of Ph.D.’s, and yet there are so many people who are really just struggling to make ends meet,” said Diana Rubin, second vice president of the County Commission. According to Rubin, that harsh reality is the thought behind the report’s title: A Tale of Two Counties: The Status of Women in Montgomery County (2018).

– DC charter school teachers are paid less on average than their public school counterparts, while DC charter school administrators’ salaries are on the rise, and public information about it is hard to find. (City Paper, 1/30)

– Virginia has a new Student Loan Advocate with the primary focus to assist Virginians struggling with student loan debt. (WTOP, 1/28)

WORKFORCE | A new study published by CECP, Imperative, and PwCMaking work more meaningful: Building a fulfilling employee – indicates that the economy may be headed into a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” where employee fulfillment is a source of purpose and innovation at work and the new narrative of the workplace.

HEALTH | Lawmakers in DC are asking why, after spending millions of dollars to address the issue, the District continues to see a rise in opioid-related overdose deaths. (WaPo, 1/28)

FOOD SYSTEMS | The important contributions of agriculture to regional job and economic growth is the subject of a comprehensive new report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), which looks at changes in the farming landscape. (COG, 1/18)

– The Public Welfare Foundation has announced a new strategic framework to concentrate fully on criminal and youth justice, and will spend the next two years transitioning to a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just.

Opinion: There’s a lot of history in the distrust between African Americans and the police (WaPo, 1/29)

POVERTY | The Crushing Logistics of Raising a Family Paycheck to Paycheck (Atlantic, 1/28)

ENVIRONMENT | Washington is the latest city in a nationwide movement to ban plastic straws and the DC Department of Energy and Environment is enforcing the new law. (WaPo, 1/28)

SHUTDOWN | DC Seeks Reimbursement for Shutdown Losses and Residents Face Ongoing Woes (City Paper, 1/29)

Related: WRAG President Tamara Lucas Copeland wrote in her 1/28 blog post “Giving Beyond the Federal Shutdown Emergency”  about the role of the nonprofit community during the shutdown as the true safety net, and the necessity of keeping the sector strong and ready for the next emergency.

PHILANTHROPY | The Intersection of Corporate Philanthropy and Private Sector Lobbying (NPQ, 1/28)

Oh no! This Valentine’s Day is going to be a little less sweet as the company that used to make the popular SweetHeart Candies went out of business and its new owners aren’t ready to start making new batches yet.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Friday!

– Buffy

Maryland residents eligible for food benefit program aren’t participating

POVERTY | According to a new report by Maryland Hunger Solutions, a nonprofit working to end hunger in the state, over 200,000 people in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties who are eligible for SNAP, the food assistance program, are not using it. Participation has dropped steadily because many Marylanders are unaware of the program or believe they don’t qualify. And, many immigrant families are afraid of the federal government, particularly due to the proposal to change the “public charge” rule. (WAMU, 1/21)

Most people assume the reason why others don’t apply has to do with a growing economy. “The simplest reason that most people usually go to is that the economy is better, people are getting more jobs, they’re making more income,” said Michael J. Wilson, the nonprofit’s director. “In fact, that is a small part of it, but it’s not the major part.”

HOMELESSNESS | On the coldest day of the year so far the District saw a big spike in demand for homeless services. (CP, 1/21)

LGBTQIA | Several LGBTQIA bills in Virginia are gaining new supporters. (WaPo, 1/15)

– Rick Moyers, formerly at the Meyer Foundation and former co-chair of WRAG’s Racial Equity Working Group, writes about what it really means for nonprofit boards to work on diversity. (RM, 1/19)

– The Racial Wealth Gap Could Become a 2020 Litmus Test (CityLab, 1/16)

– Alexandria city officials warned about the dangers posed by the illegal use of narcotics after four people overdosed on opioids this weekend. (WaPo, 1/21)

– The government shutdown is affecting the health of federal workers. (NPR, 1/18)

– The Virginia Senate rejected a proposal that would have raised the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour over five years. (WaPo, 1/21)

Two Northern Virginia Lawmakers Push Bill Requiring 12 Weeks Of Paid Family Leave For All Workers (WAMU, 1/14)

– A case is being made by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy for general operating foundation support, noting that a reliance on program grants limits the effectiveness of foundation grantees, and themselves.

– How Can Philanthropy Advance Martin Luther King’s Goals? 13 Leaders Weigh In (Chronicle, 1/18)

The ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ that appeared on Sunday night was amazing – did you see it?

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back tomorrow!

– Buffy

Federal workers who live in some parts of Greater Washington affected by the shutdown more than others

– Federal workers who live in Southeast DC, Prince George’s County, or the outer suburbs, may be among those most affected by the ongoing government shutdown. According to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, half of federal workers in those areas earn less than $75,000 a year. (WAMU, 1/14)

About 360,000 federal workers live in the broader Washington region, and roughly 40 percent of those — or 145,000 workers — have been furloughed since December, according to Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University. “The people that tend to get hurt are at the lower end of the wage spectrum or small businesses — people that just don’t have a whole lot of backup or alternatives” said Fuller.

– In response to the partial government shutdown, the Greater Washington Community Foundation announced they are dedicating $50,000 for emergency cash and food relief for local workers, contractors, and small business owners. The funds are being made available through the Resilience Fund. GWCF also has an extensive list of resources for furloughed federal employees and contractors on their website, including resources and support from the United Way of the National Capital Area, Pepco, Washington Gas, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.

Related: During the shutdown of 2013, WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland wrote a column about why philanthropy, though critically important in helping to meet emergency needs, cannot replace government. That certainly continues to hold true today. (Daily, 10/2013)

CENSUS | The government is fighting a lawsuit filed by the NAACP that argues that, due to funding cuts, the 2020 Census is likely to massively undercount African Americans and other people of color, which will result in a loss of federal funding and Congressional representation (AP, 1/15)

HEALTH/RACIAL EQUITY | On January 28 lawmakers in the District will hold a public hearing to look at city response failures to surging heroin deaths in African American neighborhoods, and to determine strategies for combating the opioid epidemic. (WaPo, 1/11)

POVERTY/HOUSINGOpinion: Opportunity Zones: Can a tax break for rich people really help poor people? (WaPo, 1/14)

NONPROFITS | BoardSource is accepting applications for the 2019 Stand for Your Mission Award, recognizing nonprofit boards that have established advocacy as an expectation for engaged and effective board leadership. Proposals due: 2/1/19

Did you enjoy the snow this weekend? Lots of people seemed to, including those who took part in a massive snowball fight organized by the Washington, D.C. Snowball Fight Association near the Washington Monument – who knew??

– Buffy

How a refundable EITC credit will help Virginia families

POVERTY | The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis discusses why making the EITC credit refundable will make it stronger and benefit all families, including working families with low and moderate incomes, and especially families of color. (TCI Blog, 11/28)

The positive impacts of the EITC are well documented. State EITCs have been shown to reduce poverty in communities of color. Research finds that the average state EITC benefit for non-white- or Hispanic-headed households was $120 greater than for non-Hispanic white households, and state EITCs reduce poverty for a larger share (relative to their share of the population) of the non-white and Hispanic population.

State EITCs also are associated with educational benefits for children of color. Studies show that young children in low-income households who get the state or federal EITC tend to see increased educational achievement and attainment.

RACIAL EQUITY | A new Chronicle of Philanthropy article discusses how nonprofit organizations can ensure that their equity and diversity efforts are successful. (Chronicle, 12/5 – Subscription needed)

Related: The article cites the research initiative Georgetown University undertook to understand how philanthropic and nonprofit institutions are intentionally promoting racial equity and justice in the Greater Washington region. The researchers studied WRAG’s efforts and produced the following reports:

Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Racial Equity: Impact Assessment of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Putting Racism on the Table Learning Series 

Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Racial Equity: Case Study of the Horning Family Fund

Advancing Racial Equity Within Nonprofit Organizations

HEALTHCARE | For nonbinary patients, seeking health care can be a painful task (NBC, 12/9)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display the museum’s first gallery focused on the US Latinx experience. (WaPo, 12/6)

TRANSIT | Are women paying more for transit by taking an Uber or Lyft because they feel unsafe on Metro? (WaPo, 12/6)

TECHNOLOGY | Native Americans On Tribal Land Are ‘The Least Connected’ To High-Speed Internet (NPR, 12/6)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum– New!
Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors
Programs Manager | DC127
Development Manager | DC127
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools
Director of Development | ECHO
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
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
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer 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.

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Can you identify these lies about your waste?

– 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

DC votes to raise wages for tipped workers

WORKFORCE | Yesterday, DC residents voted yes on Initiative 77, which eliminates the tipped wage and requires employers to pay their employees the minimum wage. The measure will now go to Congress for a 30-day review before it becomes law. (WAMU, 6/19)

“I was a server for many, many years. So having experienced both sexual harassment and the complicated nature of working in the restaurant industry, it just felt incredibly important that we do our best in terms of policy to make sure that people who are working at the less fancy, less expensive restaurants really have an opportunity to raise their standard of living,” said Sylvia Fabela, who voted for the initiative on Tuesday morning in Ward 3.

Currently, workers at restaurants and nail salons are paid $3.33 an hour and are allowed to collect tips on top of that. If those tips don’t raise their pay to the prevailing minimum wage, now $12.50, their employer has to make up the difference. Under Initiative 77, the tipped wage will be incrementally phased out through 2026, after which employers will have to pay all their employers the minimum wage directly, which by then will be more than $15 an hour.

AGING | A planned facility for LGBTQIA seniors, Mary’s House for Older Adults, has been awarded $1.19 million in funding from the District. The founder is hoping to raise $4.4 million for the project. (Washington Blade, 6/18)

HUMAN RIGHTS | Both Maryland and Virginia’s governors have pulled National Guard soldiers from the border and are refusing to deploy state resources to the border until the administration’s policy of family separations ends. (WaPo, 6/20)

CSR | Applications for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Citizenship Awards are due on June 29. Don’t miss this opportunity for your company to be recognized for the great work its doing in the community! (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 6/20)

POVERTYBen Carson’s plan to raise rent for poorest Americans would have ‘severe’ impact on District, experts say (WaPo, 6/19)

ENVIRONMENT | Recycling has increased in Maryland, but many residents are still unclear about what belongs in the recycling bin. Maryland officials say this confusion is costing the state and taxpayers money. (Baltimore Sun, 6/20)

Now that DCist is back, so is the “Overheard” column. Read last week’s observations here.

– Kendra

Incarcerated in their youth, these adults are trying to build a life outside

– A new documentary and an art installation will explore the impact of incarceration on DC area youth and their struggle to build a life after their release. They also discuss the experience of being isolated from family as they are sent to prisons outside of DC because it has no facilities for long-term imprisonment. (WaPo, 6/5)

The 40-minute film, “Becoming Free,” premieres at the By The People festival, which runs at locations around the city June 21 to 24 and is put on by Halcyon, a Georgetown-based incubator for socially engaged artists and entrepreneurs. The filmmaker, attorney turned multimedia artist Kristin Adair, is a fellow this year at Halcyon. The festival also features a multimedia installation by Adair, “Cell 17,” which invites viewers to step into a cell-like space and hear the voices of young people who got life sentences. “Many were children of the crack epidemic and urban wars,” she said. “They were caught up in criminal activity of older guys, mothers, fathers, siblings. They got caught up in that and got these really long sentences.”

Related: Will Avila, owner of Clean Decisions and returning citizen, is featured in the documentary. Two years ago, Anthony Pleasant, former Clean Decisions employee and Graham McLaughlin, a member of WRAG’s Board of Directors, discussed the challenges returning citizens face. (Daily, 4/25)

– Here’s What D.C.’s New ‘Planet Word’ Museum In The Franklin School Will Look Like (WAMU, 6/5)

INCOME GAP | New research analyzing the financial health of LGBTQIA millenials and their heterosexual counterparts found an income gap and less knowledge of investing. (USA Today, 6/6)

Nearly 1 in 5 Maryland students is chronically absent. At some schools, the rate is more than 75 percent. (Baltimore Sun, 6/6)

– More than 50 of the DC’s public and charter schools have classroom doors that can’t be locked, causing school officials, staff and parents to worry for the safety of students if a lockdown occurs. (WaPo, 6/5)

ENVIRONMENT | Climate justice activists call for the DC Council to tax carbon pollution at a higher rate than the Council has proposed in a recent bill. (Washington Times, 6/5)

POVERTY | Maurice Jones, president and CEO of Local Initiatives Support Corporation, discusses his organization’s work with communities that have historically been under-invested in and the importance of applying an equity lens. (PND Blog, 6/5)

In honor of National Yo-Yo Day, enjoy this video of a yo-yo dancing in the dark.

– Kendra