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June 9, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Rent is high and wages are low for US renters

HOUSING | According to National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report, released yesterday, the gap between wages and rent is growing wider. To afford a two-bedroom apartment in our region, District residents would have to make $33.58 an hour, $28.27 an hour for Maryland residents and $23.29 an hour for Virginia residents. (WaPo, 6/8)

Many of the occupations projected to add the most jobs by 2024 pay too little to cover rent. These are customer service representatives, personal care aides, nursing assistants, home health aides, retail salespeople, home health and food service workers who make, on average, between $10 and $16 an hour.

Those whose earnings put them below the federal poverty level cannot even afford the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in any state. The national average rent is $892 a month for a modest one-bedroom apartment and $1,103 for a two-bedroom.

YOUTH/LGBTQ | A new Whitman-Walker study looks at wellness among queer youth in the District. (WCP, 6/8)

HEALTH CARE | The DC Council is reworking the recently passed paid family leave bill. (WBJ, 6/8)

HOMELESSNESS | Montgomery County officials have launched a new initiative to end chronic homelessness in the county. (Montgomery Community Media, 6/7)

TRANSIT | A George Mason University report suggests Arlington County should use ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to improve transit in the county. (ARLnow, 6/8)

FOODFarmers and Food Banks Advocate for Tax Credit for Crop Donations in Virginia (NPQ, 6/8)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Member Development Specialist | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations – New!
Corporate Gifts Officer | FIRST Chesapeake – New!
Officer, Philanthropic Networks, Philanthropic Partnerships | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Program Manager: Thriving Germantown Community HUB-Germantown, MD | Family Services, Inc.
Democracy Program Manager | Funder’s Committee for Civic Participation
Communications Manager | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Director of Communications | de Beaumont Foundation
Program Coordinator, Grants and Selection | Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Major Gift Officer–DC | Urban Teachers
Program Analyst | Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc.

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