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March 23, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The Senate has passed a spending bill that doesn’t include DACA

– Yesterday, the Senate has passed a spending bill that keeps the Johnson Amendment in tact and includes funding for the administration’s border wall, the opioid epidemic and other programs. The bill does not include a legislative replacement for DACA, which leaves many undocumented youth with few options. (WaPo, 3/23)

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are 120,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children who would turn 15 and become eligible for DACA protections over the next four years.

Immigrant advocates say that pool of people illustrates the need for a legislative replacement for DACA, an idea that has stalled multiple times in Congress and was left out of the spending deal reached on Capitol Hill on Thursday to avoid a looming government-shutdown deadline. Lawmakers appear unlikely to focus again on the issue anytime soon.

– Here’s what Congress is stuffing into its $1.3 trillion spending bill (WaPo, 3/22)

NONPROFITS | After reports of Facebook user data being compromised to influence the 2016 election came out this week, fundraising professionals are advising nonprofits about their use of the website to solicit donations. (Reuters, 3/22)

PUBLIC SAFETYWhat Gun-Control Activists Can Learn From the Civil-Rights Movement (Atlantic, 3/23)

EDUCATION | The District has created plans to help students who are not on track to graduate this year due to excessive absences, but teachers and students are not sure if they are enough. (WAMU, 3/22)

TRANSPORTATION | Maryland lawmakers commit $167M for Metro, completing regional funding puzzle (WBJ, 3/23)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners – New!
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Director, Finance & Administration | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
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It’s your chance to see Hamilton at the Kennedy Center! Tickets go on sale on Monday. 

– Kendra



March 22, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

DC is preparing for the ‘March for Our Lives’ protest against gun violence

PUBLIC SAFETY | Almost 500,000 people, most of them youth, will descend on the nation’s capital this Saturday to call for an end to gun violence. The students organized the march after the recent mass school shooting in Florida. Speakers include students who have experienced school shootings, and students and activists from around the region. (WaPo, 3/20)

A school shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland gave the march renewed local significance, some officials said Tuesday, and prompted social media posts of support and solidarity from the Parkland organizers.

Parkland shooting survivor and activist Emma González, 18, tweeted early Tuesday: “We are Here for you, students of Great Mills . . . together we can stop this from ever happening again.”

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | The Office of the DC Auditor has created an interactive map that shows users where affordable housing has been created and preserved in the District. There are little to no units in wards 2, 3 and 6. (Curbed, 3/20)

– Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam has proposed a new budget that includes Medicaid expansion. (WaPo, 3/21)

– A new report found that death rates have risen for middle-aged whites living in affluent areas in Virginia between 1995 and 2014. The researchers say stress-related conditions can be blamed for the increase. (Richmond Times, 3/21)

NONPROFITS | A longtime volunteer has donated $250,000 to Arlington Free Clinic, a nonprofit medical center in Virginia. (ARLnow, 3/21)

PHILANTHROPY | Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, discusses the near invisibility of Native Americans in philanthropy and US society in general. (PND Blog, 3/21)

HOUSINGD.C.’s Plan For Future Growth Fails Low-Income Residents, Activists Say (WAMU, 3/21)

TRANSPORTATION | DC’s mayor has announced a plan to increase the tax on ride-sharing services, commercial property tax and the city’s sales tax to help pay for Metro funding. (WTOP, 3/22)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | There’s a growing movement of activists calling for the end of money bail, which contributes to the criminalization of low-income communities. (Atlantic, 3/21)

Check out the winners of this year’s Peeps diorama contest here.

– Kendra

March 20, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

As the region braces for another blast of winter, these DC residents are without heat

POVERTY | According to a NBC4 News report, DC’s ward 7 and ward 8 residents were eight times more likely than residents of ward 2 and ward 3 to report a lack of heat to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs last year. DCRA has issued violations and infractions to the landlords but residents are still waiting for relief. (NBC4, 3/20)

Despite growing prosperity in many parts of the city, the number of District residents who reported trouble meeting their basic need to stay warm at home climbed steadily over the past five years, city records show. In 2013, members of 72 households told the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) that their landlords failed to provide adequate heat. In 2017, that number more than quadrupled, at 305 households. A housing lawyer and a neighborhood leader said they suspect that many more cases go unreported.

–  In 2016, WRAG partnered with Enterprise Community Loan Fund to launch Our Region, Your Investment to support the creation or preservation of affordable homes in the Greater Washington region. Today we are excited announce the sixth loan, which will support the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing’s redevelopment of the former Arlington Presbyterian Church into Gilliam Place. This project will create more than 170 affordable homes for Arlington, Virginia’s low-income, disabled and/or homeless residents. Read more here.

– A new audit of the DC Housing Production Trust Fund found that from 2009 to 2014, less than 20% of funding went to housing for families of four earning up to $33,000. (WaPo, 4/20)

– The Ruth Mott Foundation has announced that its president, Handy Lindsey Jr., will retire in November 2018. Read more about his work with the foundation here.

– Beyond the walkout: A call to philanthropy to invest in youth-led social change (NCRP, 3/13)

HOMELESSNESS | Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, will join a panel of other advocates to discuss how organizations can address racial inequities in efforts to prevent and end homelessness on April 4. The forum is hosted by Friendship Place. Register and learn more here.

ARTS & HUMANITIES | A Maryland teen will star as the lead in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In The Heights‘ production at the Kennedy Center this week. (WTOP, 3/20)

HEALTHWomen In Medicine Shout #MeToo About Sexual Harassment At Work (KHN, 3/20)

It’s the first day of Spring! If you’re willing to brave the weather outside, Rita’s Italian Ice and Dairy Queen are offering free frozen treats today.

– Kendra

March 19, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Black boys and men don’t have the same economic opportunities as their white counterparts

RACIAL EQUITY | A new study has found that Black boys, even if they are born to high-income parents, are worse off economically in adulthood than white boys who are born into poverty. Researchers say this gap cannot be explained by class; it is about racism and the way society views Black boys and men. (NYT, 3/19)

If this inequality can’t be explained by individual or household traits, much of what matters probably lies outside the home — in surrounding neighborhoods, in the economy and in a society that views black boys differently from white boys, and even from black girls.

“One of the most popular liberal post-racial ideas is the idea that the fundamental problem is class and not race, and clearly this study explodes that idea,” said Ibram Kendi, a professor and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. “But for whatever reason, we’re unwilling to stare racism in the face.”

– The 2018 County Health Rankings, a collaboration between Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, are here! Montgomery County and Loudoun County are still the healthiest counties in Maryland and Virginia, respectively.

– Maryland health care delivery experiment saves Medicare more than half a billion dollars in hospitals (Baltimore Sun, 3/16)

EDUCATION | Caroline Hill, founder of the DC Equity Lab and co-founder of the Equity Design Collaborative, discusses her thoughts on ensuring equity in education and the need to include those impacted in the process. (Aspen Institute, 3/15)

PHILANTHROPY | The Greater Washington Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2018 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year until Friday, March 23.

NONPROFITS | University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy has launched a new graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership. Learn more here.

HOUSING | Jessica Raven, executive director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, argues that, instead of criminalizing sex work, the District should be addressing the problem of homelessness, which may lead people to engage in sex work. (GGWash, 3/16)

– Maryland lawmakers will consider whether to raise the maximum fine for texting while driving to $500 tomorrow. (WaPo, 3/18)

– Fairfax For All Coalition Pushes to End Local Collaboration With ICE In Fairfax County, Virginia (Demos, 3/14)

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March 15, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Advocates wonder if DC General should close this year

HOMELESSNESS | A few years ago, DC’s mayor announced her plans to close DC General and replace it with smaller shelters throughout the city. Advocates are concerned that the District will be putting some homeless families at risk if DC General closes this year because the other shelters are not ready. (WAMU, 3/14)

“Closing D.C. General is not an end unto itself,” said Amber Harding of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. “If D.C. General is closed in a way that risks the health and safety of the families who live there and other families who need shelter in D.C., then the injustice of placing families there in the first place will be compounded, not alleviated.”

City officials said Bowser’s goal for closing the shelter was always 2018, and that improvements in the rest of the homeless services system and the coming replacement shelters offered the city the chance to make good on that pledge.

AFFORDABLE HOUSINGCiti gave $4.71 billion in funding to affordable housing properties in 2017, making it the top affordable housing lender in the US for the eighth year. Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Capital One are also among the top lenders. (AHF, 2/28)

EDUCATION | Montgomery County, MD students in recovery will soon have another resource to help them continue their education. (Bethesda Beat, 3/14)

IMPACT INVESTING | The Nathan Cummings Foundation has announced that it will put its entire endowment in investments that are creating social change. (Chronicle, 3/13 – Subscription needed)

IMMIGRATION | A federal judge in DC is considering ordering the administration to restart the DACA program. (WaPo, 3/14)

HEALTHD.C. has a high maternal mortality rate. Lawmakers want to know why. (WaPo, 3/14)

– The Environmental Film Festival is returning to the region this week. Check out the films here. (WTOP, 3/15)

– Activists urge Maryland to stop ‘Potomac Pipeline’ ahead of key deadline (WaPo, 3/14)

Why you should give your phone a break sometimes.

– Kendra