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Archive - 2016

December 12th

Saint Mark’s Vigil Commemorating Victims of Gun Violence

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.,
Join Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., for its fourth annual National Vigil commemorating all victims of gun violence. Senior Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett will speak and join with survivors and family members on the fourth anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. 
 
In addition to Ms. Jarrett, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and other political leaders will speak.

Bixby Housing to Open in Navy Yard

The Mixed-Income Units Mark the 5th Phase of the Capper/Carrollsburg Redevelopment

DC is hosting a grand opening for The Bixby mixed-income development at 601 L St. SE near the Navy Yard on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local leaders will cut the ribbon for the building’s opening with the project’s key members the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), Urban Atlantic real estate developer and Forest City Washington developer. The Bixby was formerly the Lofts at Capitol Quarter.

Working for Yourself at 50-Plus

A New AARP-WACIF Program Supports Older Entrepreneurs

Community members who are 50 years old and up can soon get free help starting their own business venture in the District. A new “Work for Yourself at 50+” pilot program will launch in December through a partnership between the AARP Foundation and the Washington Area Community Investment Fund Inc. (WACIF). From December until April 2017, WACIF will use grant funds received through the partnership to host workshops and to work with people one-on-one who want to set up a business plan for their idea.

They Want Their Money Back

OAG Demands Landlord Returns Collected Rents

DC Attorney General Karl Racine recently filed a suit against Sanford Capital LLC, principal owner of Terrace Manor, a 61-unit complex in Southeast. The suit includes arguments similar to those that appeared in a January 2016 complaint against the same company. There’s one major difference, however. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is demanding repayment of rents collected during the more than two years the buildings were in disrepair.

You Can Still Get Health Insurance through DC Health Link

It’s important to remember that DC residents and businesses can still get insurance for all of 2017 through DC Health Link, our local insurance marketplace, despite uncertainty about the future of federal health insurance programs following the national elections. We don’t know what will happen to these programs, but it will not affect healthcare options for next year. Consumers should take advantage of their choices now.

Jodi Kwarciany is a policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia, and to increase opportunities for residents to build a better future.

You Can Still Get Health Insurance through DC Health Link

It’s important to remember that DC residents and businesses can still get insurance for all of 2017 through DC Health Link, our local insurance marketplace, despite uncertainty about the future of federal health insurance programs following the national elections. We don’t know what will happen to these programs, but it will not affect healthcare options for next year. Consumers should take advantage of their choices now.

Jodi Kwarciany is a policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia, and to increase opportunities for residents to build a better future.

When Federal Policy Goes Low, DC Should Stay High

The Numbers

At a time when many DC residents – including me – are deeply concerned about the national election outcome, it’s important to remember that the District has a track record of pursuing its own path. DC was a leader in expanding health insurance well before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for example, and can ensure that our residents maintain health insurance if the ACA is repealed or scaled back.

Ed Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org), which promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia and increase the opportunity for residents to build a better future. 

When Federal Policy Goes Low, DC Should Stay High

The Numbers

At a time when many DC residents – including me – are deeply concerned about the national election outcome, it’s important to remember that the District has a track record of pursuing its own path. DC was a leader in expanding health insurance well before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for example, and can ensure that our residents maintain health insurance if the ACA is repealed or scaled back.

Ed Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org), which promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia and increase the opportunity for residents to build a better future.