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November 12, 2015 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

An “equitable development plan” for the 11th Street Bridge Project

You can read the newly-released plans for D.C.’s upcoming 11th Street Bridge Park that aim to bring greater economic development and equity to the project’s surrounding neighborhoods. (WCP, 11/11)

An “equitable development plan” released today by a collective of local organizations and government officials outlines eight strategies for job creation, small business growth, and housing opportunities focused on residents in the immediate area of the bridge. The (relatively) short-term strategies include hiring residents who live in Wards 6, 7, and 8 to help construct the park as well as preserving existing affordable housing near the bridge since home values will almost certainly rise as the park nears completion. On the longer-term side, the plan recommends creating a kiosk-based food service model that permits D.C. entrepreneurs to sell their goods in the park and improving walkability between the bridge and both sides of the river to move people to surrounding commercial corridors.

COMMUNITY | The Center for Nonprofit Advancement has announced its 22nd annual call for applications for the AIM (Advancement in Management) Award from social profit organizations in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The AIM Award is presented by Pepco, with additional support form Capital One, and Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.  The deadline to submit applications is January 22, 2016. Click here to learn more.

– As D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson marks her fifth year in the role, she and other education advocates reflect on the progress that has been made. (WaPo, 11/11)

 Want to Make a School Better? Get Kids to Show Up (NPR, 11/12)

HEALTHCARE | D.C. has the fourth highest rate of individuals enrolled in health insurance, according to a recent analysis comparing the highest and lowest rates across the country. Among D.C.’s uninsured, however, ethnic and racial disparities persist. (DCist, 11/11)

HOUSING | A recent report on the price of housing finds that, while rental costs for all renters are increasing, rent for high-income tenants in luxury developments is rising at a slower pace than for those who earn low incomes. (Atlantic, 11/11)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: How Offering an Innovation Prize Energized Our Grantmaking (Chronicle, 11/12)

POVERTY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE | The civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice is taking a closer look at the challenges low-income defendants in criminal cases face, especially when they are represented by court-appointed lawyers who do not always have their best interests in mind. (NPR, 11/12)

Is D.C. really the snobbiest East Coast city? Some people think so!

– Ciara 

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