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July 29, 2016 / Rebekah Seder, Editor

Getting TANF recipients into good jobs

– With an October 2017 deadline approaching for many DC families who have received TANF benefits for five years, the city is working to get more individuals into job training and placement programs, and recruiting private companies to participate in a paid internship program (CP, 7/28):

The District…requires most TANF recipients to participate in job training or placement programs… But in fiscal year 2015, 56 percent of people assigned to one did not complete their required hours.

The barriers to compliance are numerous and complex (child care, mental health needs, problems with a vendor, etc.) And even those who find a job may not be in it for long: A D.C. Auditor analysis found that, of the more than 6,000 TANF recipients placed in jobs between February 2012 and October 2014, just 770 were still in those positions after six months. Low wages and part-time hours are also an issue: The companies that employ the most TANF recipients, the auditor found, are AlliedBarton Security Services, McDonald’s, Walmart, and grocery stores.

– The Washington Area Women’s Foundation digs into the data and finds that the poverty rate among women in the Greater Washington region is on the rise. (WAWF, 7/21)

HOUSING | A new housing development aims to provide affordable apartments for DC teachers, in an effort to ensure that teachers can actually afford to live in the city where they teach. (WaPo, 7/27)

VIRGINIA/EQUITY | ‘Why don’t they want us to vote?’ Ex-felons cope with losing voting rights twice in Virginia. (WaPo, 7/27)

IMMIGRATION | Halt On Juvenile Immigrant Visa Leaves Thousands In Limbo (NPR, 7/28)

PHILANTHROPY/EQUITY | Sometimes, the strategies funders use to include the voices and perspectives of grantees in their work can inadvertently perpetuate inequities they are trying to address in the first place. (SSIR, 7/28) This article is part of a series produced with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations about the role of grantee inclusion in effective philanthropy.

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Administrative Assistant | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (that’s us!)
Philanthropic Services Associate | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Grants Manager | The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation

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