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May 20, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Low-income residents in D.C. are being shown the door

A number of low-income residents at a Northwest D.C. housing complex were recently handed notices that their Section 8 vouchers would not be renewed once the contract with their leasing company expires.  Despite having lived in the building for decades, many will soon be forced out of one of D.C.’s prime neighborhoods. (WJLA, 5/19)

The residents are living in the middle of one of D.C.’s hottest new real estate sectors, and new buildings have sprung up on three sides. In this one, the cheapest one-bedroom apartment is $2,227 a month.

But many of those who are living at 401 K Street have incomes of less than $10,000 a year.

A recent report released by the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable reveals the quality of life in the county has vastly improved in a number of areas over the last four years.  The organization developed the report to debunk misleading stereotypes about the county and its progress. (WaPo, 5/20)

According to the report, which measures indicators in areas including  the county’s economy, education, public safety, health, transportation and parks and recreation, the county has made significant strides. The report, which relies largely on government sources and data, compares indicators in Prince George’s with other counties in the Washington region.

Related: Last year, funders, nonprofits, and businesses gathered for a special summit on Prince George’s County to learn about the positive changes underway in the county, particularly as a result of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative and the Partnership for Prince George’s County, and to identify ways that leaders from across sectors can work together to continue to improve the county. (Daily, Sept. 2013)

– The Hill-Snowdon Foundation is the recipient of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy‘s 2014 Impact Award for Small or Mid-Sized Private Grantmakers. Winners are nominated and were chosen based on their commitment to effective philanthropy and the results they and their grantees achieved.

The Future Fund, a giving circle for young professionals at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, raised $52,000  at its annual Awards Gala, and has raised over $200,000 since its inception in 2011, to support the critical needs in Northern Virginia. (CFNova, 5/19)

– Event: Attend a free red-carpet screening of the award-winning documentary First Generation this evening at Landmark’s E Street Cinema at 6:30 PM.  There will be opening remarks from a number of guests, including D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Herb Tillery, Executive Director at D.C. College Success Foundation – a nonprofit partner of The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation.

AGING │The Home First program, run by D.C. nonprofit Seabury Resources for Aging, faces an uncertain future as it may not have enough funding to continue its 20-year-old history of offering regular home help to around 300 older adults in wards 4 and 5. (WaPo, 5/20)

YOUTH Advocates Want D.C. to End Pretrial Holding of Minors in Adult Jails (DCist, 5/20)

Not at all surprising, but informative nonetheless!



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