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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.

– 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)

– 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

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– Buffy

A new ‘Opportunity Atlas’ analyzes economic mobility across the country

INCOME | The Census Bureau and Opportunity Insights, a research and policy group based at Harvard University, have partnered to create the Opportunity Atlas, a map that allows users to see the economic prospects of children in certain areas of the US based on variables like incarceration rates, median household income, and others. (Citylab, 10/1)

The map reaffirms that neighborhoods matter, but also provides insights into how much and why. “Having that granularity of data really starts to help us ask questions that policymakers weren’t able to ask and answer in precise ways before,” said David Williams, the policy director of Opportunity Insights, a partnership between economists at Harvard University and Brown University that created the map.

Generally, the good neighborhoods tend to have some combination of a few quantifiable traits: less economic and racial segregation, less inequality, better performing schools, lower crime, and more two-parent families. Intangible factors like “social cohesion” may also be at play, Williams said.

RACISM | Last week, WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington sponsored a civil rights learning journey in the south. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses her reaction to learning more about the terrorism Black people endured before and during the civil rights movement in the US. (Daily, 10/2)

RELIGION‘We Are Not At The End With God’: Gentrification Leads Historic D.C. Church To Close (WAMU, 10/1)

HEALTH | A new congressional report found that 3.5 million Maryland residents could lose their health insurance due to age, gender, or a pre-existing condition because the administration will not enforce provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act. (Baltimore Sun, 10/2)

NONPROFITS | Many Hands is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations serving women, children, and families in the Washington, DC area. Learn more here (Many Hands, 10/2)

PUBLIC SAFETYCanceling Kavanaugh Isn’t the Only Justice Survivors Need (Rewire.News, 10/1)

Here’s your guide to the region’s multicultural music festival.

– Kendra

Investing locally to address the region’s affordable housing crisis

HOUSING | Foundations, residents, banks, and businesses in the greater D.C. area are addressing the region’s housing crisis by investing in it locally. (Housing Horizon, 11/1)

Since Enterprise Community Loan Fund launched Our Region, Your Investment with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in January, $7 million has been invested to preserve the affordability of more than 200 homes —protecting families from potential displacement at Fort Stevens Place in Washington, D.C., Clarendon Court in Arlington, Virginia, and the Crest Apartments in Capitol Heights, Maryland. […]

Local investors [include] the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), TD Bank, the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, and the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation. […]

WRAG’s vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott said “WRAG is pleased to be working with Enterprise Community Loan Fund on Our Region, Your Investment. We are extremely excited about the great progress the initiative has made thus far. Our region’s affordable housing crisis requires more creative solutions like this.”

Related: The Meyer Foundation recently announced a $1 million investment in Our Region, Your Investment, bringing WRAG and Enterprise Community Loan Fund even closer to the goal of raising $10 million by the end of the year.

RACE | Racial diversity is at issue in a new lawsuit filed by an applicant for a license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland. (WTOP, 10/31)

– Local health experts discuss health disparities in the greater D.C. region and the challenges in addressing and reducing them, on the Kojo Nnamdi show. (WAMU, 11/1)

 D.C. Region Will Fare Better Than Average Under The Affordable Care Act Next Year (WAMU, 10/31)

EDUCATION | Schools in lower-income areas across our country lack resources that are standard in wealthier areas, which has a real impact on the future of these children. (TEDx, 11/1)

YOUTH/JUSTICENew Report Recommends Actions to Replace the Youth Prison Model (Annie E. Casey, 10/21)

REGION | Seventy miles of bike trails are now officially linked between Maryland and D.C. (dcist, 10/31)

PHILANTHROPY | Six ways donor advised funds are changing the philanthropic landscape. (CP, 10/27)

Even though we may all be on pumpkin overload, there are some compelling reasons to eat more of it – Buffy