- Issue 8 (November 2016)
- Issue 9 (December 2016)
- Issue 10 (February 2017)
- Issue 11 (March 2017)
- Issue 12 (April 2017)
- Partner Profile
In 1938, Langston Terrace in Northeast DC opened its doors as the first public housing in the District, and only the second in the country. Its 274 units cost $6 a month, or about $100 today. At a time of drastic housing shortages, Langston Terrace was a highly-prized opportunity. Nearly 80 years since, DC is faced with a rapidly worsening housing crisis.
This week’s announcement of the 2017 recipients of the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grants Program marks ten years of the program. In 2017, the DC Bar Foundation awarded $4,552,000 to 33 projects. Today, more than 22,000 low-income DC residents receive legal assistance through projects funded by the Initiative, and more than half of these residents live in Wards 7 and 8, the poorest wards of the city.
The Foundation would like to acknowledge the organizations that have answered the 2017 Call to Action campaign. The generous support of our law firm and corporate donors continues to strengthen DC’s legal aid network and provide life-changing assistance to the city’s poor and underserved.
Each month, we highlight the efforts of those who work to make the justice system more accessible for DC residents. This Partner Profile features Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas, Executive Director of Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc and recipient of the 2017 Scoutt Prize.
Read about the work of our grantees and the clients they have helped. This month's story is from Bread for the City and their collaborative Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project, which received a $91,000 grant from DCBF. This project's goal is to prevent displacement and the loss of affordable housing by increasing access to counsel for low-income tenants in subsidized housing facing eviction.
As we enter the Foundation's 40th year, we are taking a step back to reflect on all we've done in that time, with the help of you, our community partners. Through the last four decades, we have provided funding and resources to empower people, protect families, and strengthen communities across the District. Take a moment to read a story about a DC resident who received critical legal help through DCBF's funding, the recipient of our annual Jerrold Scoutt Prize for exceptional legal services attorneys, and about our Call to Action Co-Chair, Shirley Higuchi, in our Partner Profile. We're proud of everything we've been able to achieve together in 40 years to make justice more accessible for some of DC's most vulnerable populations, but there is still much work to be done. This year, be a part of that, and join us in fighting for access to justice.
A young woman had her first child when she was 15, and her abusive, on and off relationship continued with the father of her child for another 8 years, eventually resulting in a second child. Throughout the eight years, their relationship had been marked by serious violence. She came to DCVLP looking for help to get out of this relationship.
Last week, the DC Bar Foundation awarded more than $380,000 to 68 legal aid attorneys through its loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP). These attorneys work for DC legal aid organizations and provide free civil legal assistance to low-income District residents. The DC Bar Foundation has granted over $2.8 million to 190 civil legal aid attorneys since LRAP’s inception in 2007.
2016 is nearly over, but for the nearly 110,00 DC residents living in poverty, there are still many life-threatening challenges yet to face. The DC Bar Foundation helps make a difference in the lives of local residents, families, and communities, but we cannot continue this critical work without your support. As the calendar year comes to an end, I hope that you will consider making a donation to the Foundation in order to bridge the gap between available resources and crucial needs. From all of us at DCBF, we wish you a happy holiday and a joyful new year!