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September 2, 2014 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Life after Rapid Rehousing a challenge for some District residents

HOMELESSNESS/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The District’s Rapid Rehousing Program was established in response to the city’s homelessness crisis, but has not been without its challenges. For many residents on the program, the peace of mind that the temporary assistance brings can be fleeting when they have no permanent employment in place. Nkechi Feaster, a former recipient of Rapid Rehousing services, shares her experiences since her subsidy ended. (WaPo, 8/30)

In a city that’s increasingly unaffordable, District leaders have doubled down on the program. Next year’s budget devotes $20 million to rapid rehousing, twice as much as this year, to support as many as 1,100 families.

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Meanwhile, the budget for homeless family services is being cut by about $6 million. And new entries to the Rapid Rehousing Program face even more pressure than [Nkechi] Feaster did: All subsidies now end after a year.

ARTS/CSR │ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, Dr. Ralph W. Shrader, was recently interviewed about the company’s unwavering support for the arts – particularly in the Washington region – and how they have successfully woven the arts into the company’s culture. (ARTSblog, 8/28)

WORKFORCE An analysis by the National Skills Coalition has shown that there is a larger number of middle-skill jobs in the District than there are people to fill them. The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region‘s director of Workforce Initiatives, Sarah Oldmixon, comments on the city’s current efforts to propel workers into these jobs and the need for more to be done (DCist, 8/29):

“There’s some programs that are really strong,” she said, adding that they successfully address personal and skill barriers. But other programs “may do really well for a small number of people, but aren’t robust enough to meet the needs of a larger population.”

VETERANS │ A nonprofit in D.C. is assisting veterans with disabilities by training them on how to run a small business. The fellowship program teaches them lessons about entrepreneurship through running their own bakery and handling the various aspects of the business for a period of six months so they will have the tools to launch their own businesses. (WAMU, 8/29)

PHILANTHROPY │ A new report from the D5 Coalition takes a look at nine foundations of varying size and structure to offer strong tips for how foundations can work with nonprofits to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. (D5 Coalition, 9/2)

YOUTH │ Opinion: In Virginia, there are a number of small, in-home childcare businesses that are too often unregulated, putting children in danger. A recent investigation shows that at least 43 children have died  in these settings since 2004 due to overcrowding or a lack of childcare experience by workers. Petula Dvorak considers how, for many parents, there are limited options when it comes to where to send their children, raising questions about what the state should do to further intervene. (WaPo, 9/2)

EDUCATION │ Northern Virginia schools open year with changes ahead (WaPo, 9/1)


The summer is not over just yet! Here are a few things you can do in the area before the autumnal equinox comes around.

– Ciara

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