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By  Josh Wood and  Tim Craig LOUISVILLE — Five months after Breonna Taylor’s death, Kentucky’s largest city has become the epicenter of the national movement for racial justice, weathering more than 80 days of protests as activists pour into the streets calling for charges against the police officers involved in her fatal shooting. Backed by...
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By Leah Thomas I grew up admiring the black women in my life for their constant, unwavering strength in a society that wasn’t built for them. Both of my grandmothers who lived through segregation went to college and ended up working in the same elementary school. I used their stories to motivate me and to...
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By Gabriella Velasco & Martha Fedorowicz In June, the Housing Matters editorial team, spurred by the national uprisings against police brutality and anti-Black structural racism, and the uneven effects of COVID-19 pledged a renewed commitment to racial equity. To manifest this promise, we committed to “reexamine evidence and assumptions in order to advance antiracist housing policy and practice,” and as a...
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Before Breonna Taylor was a name chanted in the streets and scrawled on signs, before she was a face emblazoned on street murals and the cover of Oprah’s magazine, before she was the reason millions of Americans started clamoring for criminal charges to be brought against four Louisville police officers, before she came to symbolize...
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Women and girls of color are pivotal frontline leaders and organizers in the powerful social change movements that pave the way for a more equitable and just democracy. Our report, Pocket Change—How Women and Girls of Color Do More With Less, seeks to better understand how they do this work and asks critical questions of...
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Before Philadelphia’s stay-at-home order went into effect in March, Iresha Picot walked in parks and neighborhoods all over the city, often meeting up with black women of all ages. Even though she’s been careful to follow social distancing guidelines, Picot says she’s still able to connect with a community nearly 750,000 strong. “You have a...
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The DC Housing Finance Agency recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the Todd A. Lee Scholarship.  Todd A. Lee was the Executive Director and CEO of the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency from 2016 to 2020. During his lifetime his career focus was on innovation, infrastructure/process, and financing in real estate. ...
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Many of our members have expressed an interest in community service opportunities, and we heard you loud and clear! We are looking forward to embarking on a number of activities over the coming months, and welcome the membership to join in our first partnership with Bee Fabulous Moments, Inc. The mission of Bee Fabulous Moments...
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Heather Hart
When the Washington Business Journal announced its HR Impact Award honorees, WCCD member Heather Hart was on the list! For the past seven years Heather has served as the the Director of Human Resources at the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA). Among the Agency’s 50 staff members Heather is known for her hands on approach and daily...
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The nonprofit and advocacy sector in the District of Columbia employs over 70,000 employees.[1] While some of these organizations are focused on national policy, local nonprofits play an important role in service delivery—from out-of-school time programs, to community collectives providing services to the most vulnerable residents. The D.C. Policy Center implemented a questionnaire between March 19...
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