Amazon investing in education and affordable housing in Northern Virginia

HOUSING | Amazon will donate $3 million to the Arlington Community Foundation to support affordable housing in Arlington County and, in a separate venture, will help George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College create a new, high-tech bachelor’s degree to help meet its future workforce needs, the company announced Tuesday. (WaPo, 6/11)

Since Amazon announced in November that it was building a second headquarters in Crystal City, critics and supporters alike have urged it to do more to support affordable housing… Amazon’s $3 million donation will create a fund that can be used to subsidize some costs of new affordable housing and pay for services for homeless people or those who cannot afford their rent.

COMMUNITY | In the final installment of WRAG’s Journalism Fellows Project, we hear from Jailen Fuller, a junior at Fairmont Heights High School in Prince George’s County, who hopes to use her voice to help those who feel like they do not have one. (Daily, 6/12)

EDUCATION | Prince George’s County Public Schools will receive an additional $53 million from the state’s Kirwan Commission for next school year. (WAMU, 6/11)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland joins DC in passing “clean” energy legislation. But is burning trash clean? (GGWash, 6/11)

DISTRICT | Part of the old RFK Stadium parking lot is now a park with soccer fields and more. (WAMU, 6/8)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | St. Elizabeths, the only public psychiatric hospital in the District, has a long history of misusing the controversial practice of seclusion, which is known to cause lasting psychiatric harm. According to disability rights lawyers from University Legal Services, the hospital has increasingly, and potentially illegally, used such practices. (CP, 6/11)

YOUTH | The Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park teaches how to win on the court and in the classroom. (WaPo, 6/8)

NONPROFITS | The role of a healthy capital investment in helping an organization to optimize its impact. (NPQ, 6/11)

PHILANTHROPY | Why Foundations Should Connect Policy Groups to the People They Seek to Help(Chronicle, 6/11)

How to celebrate Pride in the District all month long.

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– Buffy

#CountDMVIn kicks off to mobilize a complete 2020 Census count in the Greater Washington region


– Last week, WRAG and 14 partner organizations convened Interventions that Work: 2020 Census & Hard-to-Count Communities, a forum that kicked off a regional get-out-the-count effort, especially among immigrant communities, communities of color, and other populations that are at risk of being undercounted in the census. Check out the #CountDMVIn hashtag on Twitter for conversation highlights, and watch the kickoff video below, produced by the United Way of the National Capital Area, and featuring Dr. Madye Henson (WRAG), Rosie Allen-Herring (UWNCA), Chuck Bean (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments), and other community leaders.

Related: The Resilience Fund, a funding collaborative at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, has released a new RFP for the 2020 Count DMV In Census Project, a pooled fund to support projects focused on the 2020 Census, including education, outreach, and direct assistance focused on hard-to-count communities. Learn more here.

Related: Read a message from the co-chairs of WRAG’s 2020 Census Working Group calling on their philanthropic colleagues to invest in nonprofit partners with deep connections to those communities – especially communities of color – most at risk of an undercount. (WRAG members: The next working group meeting is Monday, June 17. Register here.)

– The Urban Institute has released a new interactive data resource looking at the potential for census miscounts under different risk scenarios. (Urban, 6/4)

– Wells Fargo has pledged to invest $1 billion from its business and foundation into affordable housing. (Chronicle, 6/5)

For better or worse, opportunity zones abound in Greater Washington. Here’s where the money is likely to flow. (WBJ, 6/7)

D.C. Budget Thrown Into Turmoil After City’s CFO Objects To Funding Ploy To Pay For Public Housing Repairs (WAMU, 6/10)

Against The Backdrop Of Barry Farm’s Demolition, The Goodman League Returns (WAMU, 6/10)

EDUCATION | Virginia Tech Will Be Amazon’s Neighbor With Construction Of New $1B ‘Innovation Campus’ (WAMU 6/10)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Residents in Ward 8 say it’s time to broaden the definition of safe streets to include both car and gun violence. (GGWash, 6/7)

GENTRIFICATION | London and San Francisco have legislation that protects live music venues from consequential noise complaints. Could DC be next? (CP, 6/5)

Missed the Tony’s on Sunday?  Here are the highlights

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– Buffy