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October 13, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

New report finds DC economy is leaving longtime black residents behind

RACIAL EQUITY/INCOME
– Georgetown University has released a report exploring the state of employment, population and housing for black DC residents. One of the most startling findings is that the average white household has a net worth of $284,000 and the average black household’s assets are $3,500. (WaPo, 10/12)

The Georgetown report traces the inequities in the District today to discriminatory practices that once kept black residents out of the economy. It also provides recommendations for the city to help strive for greater equality.

“One of the contributions of this report is how much it puts in one place both the history of the city and redlining and school segregation, and connecting it to how those impacts play out today,” said Ed Lazere, executive director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, whose work is extensively cited in the study. “That half of all black households in D.C. have assets of $3,500 or less — that’s virtually nothing, and it’s probably a reflection that housing discrimination years ago kept them from owning homes.”

COMMUNITY | Congratulations to Tracye Funn, manager of corporate contributions and supplier diversity at Washington Gas (and WRAG board member), for being honored in the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County‘s 2017 Civic Leadership Awards!

HEALTH
– The administration has announced it will stop reimbursing insurance companies for the discounts that they are required to offer low-income customers, which some expect will hurt middle-class families. (NPR, 10/13)

– Puerto Rico’s population’s health is at risk. Here’s why. (WaPo, 10/13)

TRANSIT | A recent study examining commute times between metro and Uber found that it may be quicker to travel with Uber inside the District. (WaPo, 10/11)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Controller | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation – New!
Program Officer, Young Women’s Initiative | Washington Area Women’s Foundation – New!
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health – New!
Prevention Coordinator | Montgomery County Collaboration Council
Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations | Exelon
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Content Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Director of Development | The Literacy Lab
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Program Associate, Portfolio Support, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Associate, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Officer, Public Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click the image below to access the calendar.


This is kind of like “Price is Right”. Can you guess the price? (Tip: There is actually a purse that costs $49,805 that seemingly only serves as a purse and not an alternative form of transportation or shelter.)

– Kendra

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