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June 16, 2017 / WRAG

Low-income residents face additional barriers with no identification

POVERTY | Losing a birth certificate, social security card or even an ID can be a minor inconvenience for some. For homeless and low-income individuals, this is a drastic event that creates another barrier that few are able to overcome. In the DC area, these churches and nonprofit organizations are helping people get IDs. (WaPo, 6/15)

“Before REAL ID was implemented, Bread did not experience a large number of inquiries regarding IDs,” says Danielle Moise, Bread’s attorney on its Accessing Identifying Documents Project. Anecdotally, she says, the nonprofit saw a decline from that 1,000 in 2015 (2016 totals are not in yet). “It’s unclear what the reason for this has been. I imagine a number of people have simply given up on this effort as getting an ID seems insurmountable,” she explains. “Our social workers tell me, however, that although the numbers have declined, IDs still seem to be the second-most- requested service, after requests for affordable housing.”

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS | Congrats to WGL/Washington Gas for being named Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business) by the Northern Virginia Chamber! Other WRAG members who were in the running included CareFirst, CSRA, Kaiser Permanente, PNC, and Wells Fargo. Keep up the good work! (Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 6/14)

GENTRIFICATION | Opinion: A community member from the District’s River Terrace neighborhood responds to a recent Washington Post article. (DCist, 6/15)

DISTRICTFormer D.C. Councilman Jim Graham dies at 71 (WBJ, 6/15)

TRANSIT | How the proposed Transportation Benefits Equity Act, which will require employers to let their employees opt for cash or transit benefits in lieu of an employer-provided parking space, is good for DC residents. (GGWash, 6/13)

FOODHow The White Establishment Waged A ‘War’ On Chinese Restaurants In The U.S. (NPR, 6/16)


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