Tag: undocumented immigrants

District policymakers are investing in childcare

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | In Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 2018 budget proposal, she sets asides funds to address the lack of childcare services in the District. The funds can be used to expand or open childcare centers. In addition, it would make space in city-owned buildings to be used for these facilities. (WaPo, 4/10)

The investment would yield an estimated 1,300 additional slots for infants and toddlers — an increase of close to 20 percent.

“We wanted to respond to what we have been hearing over and over again about infant and toddler child care — that we don’t have enough of it and it’s not where we need it,” said Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles.

The investment was welcomed by advocates, who said it reflects growing, and much needed, attention to a stressed child-care system.

IMMIGRATION | “Invisible:” The reality for undocumented homeless immigrants in the District (Street Sense, 4/5)

– Sometimes incarceration can reduce mortality in communities of color due to the unhealthy environments they may live in, according to this study. (Atlantic, 4/7)

– Maryland gambling addicts don’t find the voluntary casino ban helpful. (NBC4, 4/11)

– National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Grantmakers for Southern Progress explore the challenges, opportunities and assets of Southern communities in a new report. (NCRP, 4/5)

– How to Think Differently about Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Get Comfortable with Discomfort (NPQ, 4/10)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | The 11th Street Bridge’s project director wants to ensure that Anacostia residents will also profit from the development. (Washingtonian, 4/10)

INCOME | She was pregnant and broke. She signed up for Uber — and fell into debt.(WaPo, 4/8)

Will DC’s new (arena) football team tempt you to watch?

– Kendra

Possible federal funding cuts to public housing will impact DC

HOUSING | The DC Housing Authority relies on federal funds to make significant renovations to its buildings, including replacing roofs and other repairs. In a recently released preliminary budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, these funds may be in jeopardy. (WCP, 3/14)

Affordable housing advocates worry that the possible rollbacks could have far-reaching impacts on District residents. Not only would the $10 million cut in HUD capital funds restrict DCHA’s ability to commission repairs, they explain, but it would also curb the housing authority’s means of paying off old debt—much of it from capital repairs made a decade ago. Because these funds cover a big share of such debt payments, advocates say DCHA would have to redirect money from other areas to avoid defaulting on its debt.

The agency hasn’t gotten there yet, though it’s quick to point out how dire the status quo already is. “We’ve seen and heard reports speculating about the impending HUD budget reduction,” a DCHA spokesman says in a statement. “Clearly any continued cuts to the public housing program would be extraordinarily challenging as evidenced by our current funding situation and the impact of sequestration.”

NONPROFITS/EVENT | Bethany Rubin Henderson, executive director of DC Scores, shares her experience at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop and advises this year’s attendees on how to get the most out of the experience. (Daily, 3/15)

Related: Learn how to strengthen relationships with existing corporate funders and attract the attention of future corporate partners at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop. Register here

HEALTH | Here’s how a successful community-led campaign in Maryland reduced the sales of soda and fruit drinks without creating a soda tax. (NPR, 3/13)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | A number of Virginia arts organizations that receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts worry about possible cuts to the program. (WAMU, 3/14)

– The University of Maryland has created more resources to help its undocumented students, including assigning staff to help coordinate the services students might need and forming a working group to focus on undocumented students. (WaPo, 3/15)

– Georgetown University, University of Maryland offer tuition breaks for federal workers (WBJ, 3/15)

ENVIRONMENT | DC may be the first US city to create a green bank, which will be an independent agency that offers funds for energy improvements for individuals and companies. The administration hopes it will boost the use of clean energy technology in DC. (WBJ, 3/14)

A creepier, but still accurate Alexa…

– Kendra

Complicated cases for Central American migrants to the U.S.

For the many Central American migrants who have fled their homes to come to the United States, immigration court cases can often come down to a single question (WAMU, 2/25):

When is a migrant a refugee?


Since about 2009, many more Central American migrants — including many minors — are making the trip north and seeking asylum.

The reasons for the increase are fairly easy to explain. They parallel the ebb and flow of violent crime in the region. As the homicide rate spiked in Mexico, so did asylum applications; as San Pedro Sula became the murder capital of the world, asylum applications from Honduras increased. The U.N.’s refugee agency has interviewed hundreds ofwomen and children who have crossed the U.S. border over the past couple of years, and a vast majority of them said they were fleeing violence from organized crime.

– Consumer Health Foundation board member Silvia Salazar, discusses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that began in January, and the opportunity the philanthropic community has to get involved. (CHF, 2/24)

– Amid reports that a number of families in the school system have grown fearful of sending their children to school for risk of deportation, Arlington Public Schools are working to reassure worried parents. (WaPo, 2/25)

– Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director of The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a member of the WRAG board, candidly shares her experience of witnessing racial inequality growing up in North Carolina, and how she came to realize that society treated certain people differently. (Daily, 2/25)

Opinion: When it comes to the highly-publicized #OscarsSoWhite controversy – in which movie fans and members of the entertainment industry’s workforce have openly criticized the lack of diversity in Hollywood – some parallels can be drawn to the lack of diversity within the social profit sector, according to one CEO.  (Chronicle, 2/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Exponent Philanthropy, the Fund for Shared Insight, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy present the next video in their new series called Philanthropy Lessons, in which funders share their experiences and what they’ve learned in their philanthropic careers. Check out the video and stay tuned for more through June.

– The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is accepting request for proposals. Proposals must be submitted through the online application system no later than 4:00 PM, Thursday, March 31, and final grant decisions will be announced in August. Eligibility requirements, proposal guidelines, and submission instructions are available at www.fund4cyf.org.

 The Community Food Rescue Mini-Grants Program, available to help social profit organizations build infrastructure and increase capacity for the food recovery system, is accepting applications until March 1.For more information, contact Astoria Aviles.

– Eighteen months following the opening of the first stations along WMATA’s Silver Line, economic development surrounding the stations is said to be taking off. (Inside NoVa, 2/23)

–  Low-Income Programs Not Driving Nation’s Long-Term Fiscal Problem (CBPP, 2/24)

Did you read today’s post while sitting at your desk eating lunch? Stop doing that! We’ll be here when you get back.

– Ciara

High cost of living biggest challenge facing millennials in the region today

A new report from American University explores some of the biggest challenges facing millennials in the region and how the area currently stacks up in tackling those issues. (WBJ, 1/13)

The “Greater Washington Index: Millennials” is not supposed to serve as a comprehensive survey but as business intelligence to craft policies and programs geared toward the millennial generation. Respondents were asked questions about the D.C. area related to transportation, crime, employment and nightlife, among other topics.

Overall, the report shows that D.C.-area millennials seem to be just as traffic-hating, salary-conscious, cost-of-living aware as any other generation. Just 9 percent of millennials surveyed described the area as an affordable place to live.

Click here to access the report, Greater Washington Index: Millennials.

IMMIGRATION | Amid recent news that the Department of Homeland Security would be ramping up deportation raids, advocates for undocumented immigrants and some local government officials are looking to ease fears of those who may be impacted. (DCist, 1/13)

HOUSING | Maryland’s foreclosure rate was among the highest in the U.S. in 2015 (WBJ, 1/14)

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT/LGBT | D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced $45,000 to Wanda Halston House and Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders to invest in the fight against LGBTQ youth homelessness. In the District, more than 300 people under the age of 24 are thought to be homeless, with 43 percent self-identifying as LGBTQ, according to census data from last summer. (WCP, 1/13)

ARTS | Grantmakers in the Arts discusses how funders can and should support ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American) organizations and artists, and critiques a few of the recommendations from the recent DeVos Institute of Arts Management report on diversity in the arts. (GIA, 1/13)

– Anacostia High School plans to open a new public safety academy this fall in a partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Police Foundation. (ABC 7, 1/12)

–  Montgomery County Wants to Provide All Public School Students With Library Cards (Bethesda Magazine, 1/14)

Take a look at what is possibly the first-ever photograph of the White House taken 170 years ago.

– Ciara

Obama administration seeking aid package to stem the tide of undocumented children

IMMIGRATION | The Obama administration is requesting a $1 billion aid package from Congress intended to help stop the flow of undocumented children to the United States, a trend that will continue to impact the Greater Washington region (WAMU, 4/28):

Over the next few months, more than 20,000 Central American youth are expected to be detained while crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. Both the short- and long-term solutions to the exodus will impact the metro D.C. region, which has one of the largest Central American immigrant communities in the country. That Central American community grew by at least 7,000 children last year and this year, and experts estimate that the metro D.C. region will absorb between 2,000 to 4,000 more.

“We spent about $2.3 billion dealing with all the unaccompanied minors coming to our border this year, says Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who has traveled extensively in Central America. “If we spend more money in the region to help them improve their economy and their security situation, and we can dramatically reduce the number of kids who are coming to our country unaccompanied, we can actually save money.”

– Americans for the Arts interviews Gary Rahl of Booz Allen Hamilton about the company’s support for the arts, and specifically how its sponsorship of the DC Environmental Film Festival aligns with Booz Allen’s work in the energy and environment sectors. (ARTSblog, 4/28)

– Drawing on her presentation at last week’s Fundamentals of CSR workshop, longtime CSR professional Emily Rothberg reflects on what it’s really like to work in the corporate social responsibility department. (Emily Rothberg & Company, 4/28)

EDUCATION/EQUITY | A new report from Columbia University finds high rates of segregation by race and income among public preschools across the country, with low-income children more likely to be in lower quality programs. (WaPo, 4/29)

TRANSIT | Another day, another delayed transit project. This time, it’s the Silver Spring Transit Center. (WaPo, 4/28)

ENVIRONMENT | The headline for this is true: you really do use way more water than you realize. (CityLab, 4/28)

WRAG | The Washington AIDS Partnership is looking for its next program associate. Is it you? Check out the position description here.

How well do you know your art history? I got 10 out 16 right, and feel pretty good about that!

– Rebekah