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March 21, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

What happens to poor people if there is no affordable legal aid?

LEGAL AID | Low-income individuals are often unable to afford lawyers during civil proceedings. The Legal Services Corporation, created in 1971, provided this service to these communities and now the new administration would like to eliminate it. (CityLab, 3/20)

The services those organizations provide can be life-changing. Legal-aid lawyers in multiple states told me their offices help low-income Americans fight foreclosures and avoid evictions, protect domestic-violence survivors by filing restraining orders and navigating the family-court system, work with veterans and families to obtain public benefits, represent victims of consumer scams, and provide a variety of other services. Their assistance can range from educational programs to direct legal representation in state, federal, and tribal courts.

PHILANTHROPY
– A new report, by the Center for Effective Philanthropy, explores the practices and operations of limited life foundations. (CEP, 3/21)

– Foundations Take a Stand — or Not — on the GOP Health Plan (Chronicle, 3/20 – Subscription needed)

AGING | The aging population and the nonprofits that serve them are at risk due to possible changes to the health care bill. How can philanthropy support them? (NPQ, 3/20)

WORKFORCE | Report: D.C.’s minimum wage hike could have some unintended effects (WBJ, 3/17 – Subscription needed)

HOUSING | Montgomery County, MD mall owners would like to create multi-family housing on land connected to their mall. (Bethesda Beat, 3/17)

PUBLIC SAFETY | District leaders sent a list of recommendations on the Metropolitan Police Department’s use of force policy and they’ve responded to them. (WJLA, 3/20)


Washington City Paper will keep the Peeps diorama contest alive! 

– Kendra

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