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Thursday, 22 September 2016 16:56

LEDC Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

 
LEDC Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement
 
Pledges to Help Low-Income Families Avoid Eviction and Improve their Housing Conditions
 
Washington, D.C. - The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. In 2015, LEDC provided homeownership and foreclosure counseling to 330 DC and MD low- to moderate-income residents. Our Homeownership counseling efforts resulted in over 45 District and Maryland residents purchasing their first home. Our counselors in our DC and MD offices achieved 54 positive outcomes with clients facing foreclosure, which included bringing clients current with their mortgage payments, mortgage modifications, and pre-foreclosure sales. Our Housing Fund will provide grants to low-income families struggling to secure safe and affordable housing and help families at risk of eviction. Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.  
 
"One of the barriers faced by DC renters are high rents and a lack of savings among low-to-moderate income residents to use in securing rental properties," said Walda Yon, LEDC's Director of Housing. "Given the higher rents and associated upfront costs of securing rental housing- security deposits and first month's rent- we strongly believe it will be key to focus on assisting low-to-moderate income DC families seeking to rent in the District."
 
92Y −  a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back −conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving.In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday broughttogether over 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 Million online in the US alone.
 
"We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality," said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. "As we embark on our fifth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation."  
 
 
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
 
 
About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give-the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners-nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals-to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.
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SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2016    
              
Montgomery County Council to Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Special Event hosted by Councilmember Nancy Navarro will focus on 'Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future.' 

Wheaton, MD - Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Rockville will host a panel discussion with Hispanic and Latino leaders whose work in community development and business expansion has helped to shape the County. Panelists for the special Hispanic Heritage Month event will share their life experiences and achievements and discuss issues of importance for Hispanic and Latino residents.

Those sharing their experiences with County Councilmembers, invited guests and the public as part of the "Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future" event will include our Executive Director, Marla Bilonick. She will be featured on a panel as well as in a Hispanic Heritage Month video along with other esteemed Hispanic representatives from around the County. When speaking of her invitation to participate, Marla Bilonick stated: "I am honored to be a part of this event and grateful to Nancy Navarro for including the Latino Economic Development Center-LEDC. LEDC, a 25-year old nonprofit with 33 bilingual staff, has been located in and providing services to Montgomery County residents for over a decade. Our leadership, staff, and clients all contribute to the rich Hispanic heritage of the County through service and direct investment in the County by owning homes and small businesses here. We are happy for the opportunity to celebrate the Hispanic contribution to the County's economic growth."
 
The Hispanic Heritage Month event will take place in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The special ceremonies will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM-Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast will also be streamed.
 
The Hispanic Heritage Month commemoration will recognize the histories, cultures and contributions of residents whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America and Spain. The event will include pre-recorded interviews with community stakeholders and a panel discussion focused on entrepreneurship, community development and socio-economic equality.
 
According to the Montgomery County Planning Department, 197,396 County residents self-identify as Hispanic, which represents 19 percent of the population. In this group, 62,791 residents are from El Salvador, 17,597 are from Mexico, 12,871 are from Peru, 12,456 are from Guatemala and 10,370 are from Honduras. The median household income for these residents is $68,389 and 57 percent of the population is younger than age 34. More information can be found here.
 
"The Hispanic/Latino community in our County mirrors the nation," said Councilmember Navarro, who is the first Latina elected to the Council and serves as chair of the Council's Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee. She also serves on the Education Committee and is a member of President Obama's Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
 
"It is a young, hard-working and forward thinking community," said Councilmember Navarro. "Contrary to the negative rhetoric espoused by some, this community continues to make valuable contributions to the fabric of our County and our nation. This month we celebrate our shared heritage and we salute those who make a difference each and every day."
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: Marla Bilonick
mbilonick@ledcmetro.org
(202) 540-7412   
                                                                               

LEDC Chosen To Spearhead the Greater Washington, DC area outreach for National Campaign Against Housing Discrimination

Washington, D.C.­ - LEDC has been selected to conduct Washington D.C. outreach as part of a National Fair Housing Media Campaign, in partnership with the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), designed to engage and educate people about their rights as homeowners and tenants. Using social media, public service announcements and community outreach, partner organizations in 10 different cities including the District will inform residents on how to identify various forms of housing discrimination and what they can do to stop it.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination against homebuyers and renters continues to be a problem across many communities in the United States," said Walda Yon. "We thank NALCAB and HUD for making these vital resources available so that we can educate the Greater Washington area residents about their fair housing rights."

The National Fair Housing Media Campaign, launched officially on August 17th, will engage and inform African­ American, Latino, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other communities about discriminatory housing practices, their rights under the federal Fair Housing Act, and HUD resources. According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, minority homebuyers and tenants are not always aware when they have been subjected to discrimination or even of their rights and protections afforded by the Fair Housing Act.


The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting 202-588-5102 or by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669­9777 (voice) or (800) 927­9275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed at http://www.hud.gov/fairhousing.


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Request for Designs

Fair Housing Education and Outreach Campaign

Summary

With funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is participating in a national campaign to raise awareness of housing discrimination against individuals based on their national origin and to educate individuals about their rights under the Fair Housing Act. In addition to national outreach efforts led by our national partners, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) and National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), we are conducting local education and outreach efforts through our social media platforms and local networks. To enhance our outreach efforts, we are requesting graphic designs created by local artists that communicate the theme of our campaign, reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community, and can be disseminated through social media to raise awareness of fair housing rights and protections for individuals. The artist whose design is selected will receive a $1,000 honorarium. The theme for our campaign is: Fair Housing. Shared Opportunity in Every Community.


About Us

The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation founded in 1991. LEDC's mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.


Description and Guidelines for Design

LEDC is requesting graphic designs that convey the theme of our fair housing campaign, reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community, and raise awareness of housing discrimination based on national origin, fair housing rights, and how to take action against discrimination. Design submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprising representatives from LEDC and our national partners. The committee will select one design, which will be submitted to HUD for approval to be used in our campaign. The artist of the selected design will receive a $1,000 honorarium for their work. If approved by HUD, the design will be incorporated into our social media campaign. HUD reserves the right to deny use of the design in our HUD-funded social media campaign. LEDC, our national partners, and HUD will retain all rights to the selected and approved design. Artists should keep the following in mind when creating their work for submission:

  •          The theme of our campaign is: Fair Housing. Shared Opportunity in Every Community.
  •          The campaign's goal is to increase awareness of fair housing rights and how to report discrimination.
  •          The campaign will focus on educating individuals who may face housing discrimination based on their national origin.
  •          The specific format of the design work is open, but all submitted designs should be easily shared via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
  •          For basic facts about the Fair Housing Act please visit the following website: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws/yourrights


Instructions for Submission

Submit the following to our DC Office [LEDC 641 S St NW Washington, DC 20001 or by email jrodriguez_larrain@ledcmetro.org] by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 25, 2016:

  •          Graphic design work (high resolution)
  •          Short paragraph describing the graphic design work and how it will help meet the goals of the campaign (500 words)
  •          Short biography (500 words)


Timeline

  •          Request for designs released – August 30
  •          Submissions from artists due – September 25
  •          Announcement of selected design – October 28


Payment of Honorarium

To receive the $1,000 honorarium, the selected artist must submit an IRS Form W-9 and release form to LEDC. LEDC will provide these forms to the selected artist. Payment will be issued in the form of a check from LEDC made out to the artist and must match the name shown on the W-9.

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For questions related to this request, please contact:

Jorge Rodriguez-Larrain at 202-540-7740 or jrodriguez_larrain@ledcmetro.org


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