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July 7, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Court rules immigrant children detained in US are entitled to a bond hearing

IMMIGRATION | After children immigrate to the US without their parents, they are subject to deportation hearings. While waiting for the hearings, the government will sometimes place them in detention centers without any plan for release. A court has ruled that unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children have the right to a court hearing to determine whether they can be released. (NYT, 7/5)

Lawyers representing the minors in the case presented evidence from more than a dozen children who had endured prolonged detention.

Among them was a child identified as Hector, who was detained when he was 15 and remained confined for 16 months.

“I feel desperate,” he wrote at one point, according to the court. “My only wish is to leave detention, live with my mom and study.”

Then, last December, the government released Hector to his mother without any explanation, the court said.

PUBLIC SAFETYTransgender Woman Attacked In Southwest DC With Roman Candles And Metal Bat (DCist, 7/6)

HOMELESSNESS | The District has broken ground on the first shelter that will be built to replace DC General. (WAMU, 7/6)

POVERTYConfronting the Myths of Suburban Poverty (Atlantic, 7/6)

WORKFORCE | How do we improve jobs for direct care workers in a troubled workforce? (NPQ, 7/6)

ENVIRONMENT | The DC Water treatment plant is the new site of an experiment to see whether bees can thrive in an unconventional, urban setting. (WaPo, 7/6)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Program Officer | The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation
Program Officer | Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation
Development & Communications Coordinator | Girls on the Run – DC
Senior Program Officer | George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Member Development Specialist | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Corporate Gifts Officer | FIRST Chesapeake
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

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
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Here are the customary pictures of July 4th fireworks, a little late

– Kendra

July 5, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

1 in 5 District residents name housing as the city’s biggest problem

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | According to a recent Washington Post poll, almost 20% of DC residents believe housing is the biggest problem in the city. Respondents mostly blame the shortage of affordable housing on the influx of new, wealthy residents and government inaction. (WaPo, 7/1)

The rise in D.C. housing costs has been stark, with the median home value tripling from $136,200 in 2000 to $484,000 last year, and rents rising in parallel.

While three-quarters of residents polled say wealthy newcomers are a major factor behind the dearth of affordable housing, 64 percent fault the District government for not spending enough to create and maintain that housing. The same percentage say the city government caters too much to the needs of developers. And 54 percent blame the city for not ensuring help for those who need housing assistance the most, while 30 percent say a major cause is people seeking housing aid they don’t need.

WORKFORCE | Capital One and Year Up have partnered to provide low-income young adults with internships to teach them how to succeed in the workforce. (Mashable, 6/21)

FOOD INSECURITYTo reach hungry children in the summer, these school cafeterias moved outside (WaPo, 6/29)

Virginia Can Start Needle Exchanges In Communities Hit By Opioid Abuse (WAMU, 7/3)

– Maryland has received federal funding to launch an initiative to reduce lead poisoning and asthma rates in relation to poor housing conditions. (Baltimore Sun, 6/29)

ELECTIOND.C., Maryland, And Virginia All Say No To Providing Trump Commission Voter Info (DCist, 7/3)

ENVIRONMENT | A DC federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to comply with a new rule that requires oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks. (WTOP, 7/4)

Find Waldo around DC this summer.

– Kendra

June 29, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A new report details the health of Latinos in Montgomery County, MD

HEALTH | The Latino Health Initiative of Montgomery County has released the third edition of its health status report which includes a snapshot of the well-being of Latinos in the county and recommendations for improving health outcomes for this population. The report, Blueprint for Latino Health in Montgomery County 2017-2026, found that 22% of Latinos can’t afford to see a doctor and more than half of the Latino population is overweight. (Montgomery Community Media, 6/28)

In addition to highlighting challenges and health issues, the report notes how social determinants such as housing conditions, income disparities, employment conditions and changing federal immigration policies impact Latinos’ health.

“We are living in an era of heightened anxiety and uncertainty and nowhere is this more acutely felt than in the Latino community,” Maria Gomez, co-chair of the Latino Health Steering Committee said.

NONPROFITS | Cody Switzer, assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, hosted the first session in the Nonprofit Summer Learning Series on national and regional philanthropic trends. Here’s a recap of his remarks, including the five trends his organization is covering. (Daily, 6/29)

PHILANTHROPY | Timothy P. Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation, discusses how foundations can help protect the rights of immigrants and people of color who are in the immigration enforcement and criminal justice systems. (PND Blog, 6/28)

– Congratulations to Eagle Hill Consulting LLC for being named by the WBJ as one of the region’s best places to work! (WBJ, 5/5)

– Teens Handcuffed On The Mall For Selling Water Now Have Summer Jobs (DCist, 6/28)

TRANSIT | The Equal Rights Center, a local civil rights group, has brought a lawsuit against Uber, alleging it doesn’t provide adequate service for people with disabilities, incluing wheelchair users. (WAMU, 6/28)

FOOD | Opinion: Why We Can’t Talk About Race in Food (Civil Eats, 6/27)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Program Officer | The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation – New!
Program Officer | Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation
Development & Communications Coordinator | Girls on the Run – DC
Senior Program Officer | George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Development Director | National Alliance on Mental Illness of Montgomery County (NAMI MC)
The Community Foundation Fellowship for Community Investment | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
The Community Foundation Fellowship for Special Projects | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Member Development Specialist | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Corporate Gifts Officer | FIRST Chesapeake
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

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 here to view the community calendar.

The Daily will be back on July 5th!

Another party for Dupont Circle

– Kendra

June 29, 2017 / WRAG

Nonprofit Summer Learning Series: National and Regional Philanthropic Trends

Cody Switzer, assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, hosted last week’s Nonprofit Summer Learning Series event with Meyer Foundation president Nicky Goren and Consumer Health Foundation president Yanique Redwood.

He shared five foundation trends The Chronicle is covering.

Here’s an overview of his remarks:

Narrow grantmaking focus

This trend is increasingly common among both foundations and big donors as they look to make a significant impact by putting a large sum of money around one issue — going deep, and not wide.

Locally, the Meyer Foundation has narrowed its focus to housing for people with low incomes, helping them build wealth, and preparing young people for the workforce to make the most difference in those areas.

Evaluation and impact measurement

Many foundations have shifted from giving money for just running programs, instead looking at system-wide change. But this can be difficult to measure, and nonprofits need support to get started.

In a recent Chronicle op-ed, Antony Bugg-Levine of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and Kerry Sullivan of the Bank of America Foundation wrote that grant makers should provide nonprofits with the skills and tools to better measure impact.

Grantmaking with an equity lens

This shift in priorities sometimes means leaving programs behind or recasting programs through a racial-equity lens.

Grant proposals to the Consumer Health Foundation, where panelist Ms. Redwood is president, now also much include a racial-equity impact assessment, which makes nonprofits think about all of the possible intended and unintended results of their programs.

Impact investing

This trend can take on a lot of different forms, like investing in companies with a socially responsible mission, making low-interest loans, providing start-up support to businesses, and more.

And it’s quickly growing.

There were at least $114 billion in impact investments at the end of last year, and that’s likely to climb to $140 billion by the end of 2017 as more financial-service firms offer impact-investing products.

Foundation responses to the Trump administration

After the election, the philanthropic world braced for change. A Center for Effective Philanthropy study found that almost three-quarters of foundation leaders plan to make adjustments in reaction to the new administration.

Foundations including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the California Endowment, the Packard Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation have put money aside to respond to some of the administration’s proposed changes.

And conservative foundations aren’t rushing to map their priorities to the new administration. In interviews, most say they’ll continue to focus on state-level changes and stay-the-course where they can.

Make sure you register for the next two sessions in the Nonprofit Summer Learning Series. The sessions will focus on exploring the numerous non-dollar strategies that funders use to meet their philanthropic goals and the reasons for the rise in evaluation culture. Register here! 

June 28, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

New HIV infections in the District has decreased for the ninth year

HIV/AIDS | According to the District’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration’s annual report, the city’s number of newly diagnosed HIV cases has decreased for the ninth year in a row. Although DC still has a very high number of residents living with HIV, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases have decreased by 73% since 2007. (MetroWeekly, 6/27)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the news, and the release of the annual report, at a press conference at Whitman-Walker Health on Tuesday morning. The announcement coincided with National HIV Testing Day.

“For nine consecutive years, the District has been able to work together with the community to decrease the number of new HIV cases,” Mayor Bowser said. “We know we have more work to do, but this data is good news for our city and our residents. In just one decade, we have made tremendous progress, and today, our residents who are diagnosed with HIV are getting care faster and they are starting — and staying on — treatments that we know are effective.”

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY | WRAG helped to start the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington (HLG) to address housing affordability in the Greater Washington region three years ago. Washington Metro Marketplace Manager of Citi Community Development and WRAG Board Member Diana Meyer, who has been a champion of this work, discusses the urgent housing need in the region and how different stakeholders working together will help address the issue. (Daily, 6/28)

RACE | A report from Georgetown University law school’s Center on Poverty and Inequality found that black girls are viewed as ‘less innocent’ than white girls. (WaPo, 6/27)

DEVELOPMENT | Montgomery County policymakers have introduced a bill requiring that developers building on a burial site must establish its exact location and protect it during construction and maintain it afterwards. (WaPo, 6/27)

HEALTH | The District is closer to building the replacement hospital for United Medical Center in southeast. (WBJ, 6/27)

NONPROFITSNonprofits Have a Role to Play in Building Bridges in a Polarized World (Chronicle, 6/27 – Subscription needed)

– This map shows what counties resemble what the US will look like in the future, and which ones most resembles the ethnic composition of the past. In our region, Prince George’s County will most resemble the US in 2060 and Fauquier County, VA most resembles the US’s 2004 population. (NYT, 6/22)

D.C. Issues Its First Gender-Neutral Drivers License (WAMU, 6/27)

A view of life from April.

– Kendra

June 28, 2017 / WRAG

Together, We Can Make a Difference

Three years ago this month, WRAG helped to start the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington (HLG), a collection of more than a dozen public and private sector leaders concerned about housing affordability in the Greater Washington region. Because of the enormity of the issue, everyone around the table knew we needed to do things differently, and we needed to work together.

Recently, the group kicked-off cross-sector regional impact dialogues involving elected officials, as well as leaders of business, philanthropy, advocacy, development, and financial institutions, who all agreed that we must address housing affordability as a regional challenge. One of the most powerful things to come out of that first discussion was how our regional housing affordability challenge has touched everyone – even elected officials and powerful business leaders – in some way.

Throughout the past three years, Diana Meyer, Washington Metro Marketplace Manager of Citi Community Development and WRAG Board Member, has spearheaded much of the work of the HLG. In addition, she has been supportive of and involved in WRAG’s overall housing work for many years. As she prepares to retire later this summer, she put pen to paper regarding the Greater Washington region’s urgent housing need, the work of the HLG, and how all of us need to work together on this issue to make a difference for our region.

Gretchen Greiner-Lott, Vice President of WRAG

By Diana Meyer
Washington Metro Marketplace Manager
Citi Community Development

Alarmed by new data on the shortage of housing affordable to low- and moderate-income residents of our region, over a dozen nonprofit and private sector leaders came together to form the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington (HLG). The group is working on how to address the shortage and its negative impact on the regional economy and quality of life of its residents. Over the past three years, the HLG has held several convenings of public and private sector leaders and practitioners to address housing affordability, including co-hosting the plenary sessions of HAND’s annual meetings, and created two reports.

Our region’s housing costs, among the most expensive in the nation, are affecting all income levels except the highest. Low, moderate and middle income wage earners – people working in jobs vital to our economy – are either paying extraordinary portions of their incomes for housing or seeking to live further away from their jobs, further exacerbating transportation challenges and their respective total housing costs.

Cross-sector collaboration is critical to the success of regional efforts to address housing affordability. The Greater Washington region and its public and private sectors are inextricably interdependent. And the housing market is complicated – we live in one jurisdiction and work or study in another. The private sector or government alone cannot overcome the housing affordability crisis we are facing. Our aim should be for all sectors to think and cooperate regionally and act locally within our respective jurisdictions and sectors.

Already, jurisdictions around the region are employing many creative and impactful initiatives, and they can do more with planning and zoning powers and underutilized public land – but other sectors need to engage at a higher level on housing affordability. Employers, financial institutions, developers and business organizations must look at how they can collaborate across sectors and what they can do themselves in reducing costs, improving design and supporting regional and local strategies.

All residents of the Greater Washington region should look at how they and their sector can pursue solutions to the housing affordability crisis. Together, we can make a difference.