Preserving D.C.'s Safety Net

Thursday, June 11, 2015
12:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 740
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A funder briefing with the D.C. Family Services Stakeholder Group on the major loss of safety net funding and its impact on low-income and homeless families

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Until recently, the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Foundations accounted for nearly half of all private grant funding for vulnerable children and families in the Greater Washington region. The Freddie Mac Foundation, which largely ceased charitable giving in late 2013, served as the major source of funding for nonprofit services for D.C.’s low-income and homeless families. Freddie Mac alone granted $65 million from 2003 to 2011 to D.C. social service and education providers and by 2017 their giving will be done. This loss is impacting the well-being of low-income communities as safety net providers are scaling down their programs in a time of acute need. The loss affects critical services, including shelter and housing for homeless families, homeless youth, youth aging out of foster care, domestic violence survivors, and seniors; case management for at-risk families to prevent homelessness; support services such as financial education, public benefits coordination, parenting and life skills; and adult education and employment.

In summer 2014, nine long-time Freddie Mac grantees came together as the D.C. Family Services Stakeholder Group* to develop a strategic and coordinated cross-sector response to the loss of funding, including securing public and private resources, and identifying ways to better coordinate and streamline services.

Join us for a brown bag lunch to hear from those on the front lines about this issue and their plans, and to provide input on how this problem can be most effectively addressed. Speakers include:

  • George Jones, CEO, Bread for the City
  • Lori Kaplan, President & CEO, Latin American Youth Center
  • Nechama Masliansky, Senior Advocacy Advisor, SOME

*Bread for the City, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), Hope and a Home, Jubilee Housing, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Sasha Bruce Youthwork, SOME (So Others Might Eat), and St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families.


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