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Fair Housing Education and Outreach Campaign


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:

Instructions for Submission

Submit the following to our DC Office [LEDC 641 S St NW Washington, DC 20001 or by email] 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)


  •          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.


For questions related to this request, please contact:

Jorge Rodriguez-Larrain at 202-540-7740 or

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Published in LEDC Events

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2016 - Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching

Are you a food, beverage or craft brewing small business owner? Are you looking for marketing, packaging, legal, financial or sales and distribution advice? We can help!

When: Monday, September 12, 2016

Time: 7:00-9:30pm

Where: WeWork Wonder Bread Factory 641 S Street NW- Ground Level

Published in LEDC Events
Leda Hernandez Appointed Chief Operating Officer-COO of LEDC
~Ms. Hernandez charged with oversight of key initiatives at the organization~
August 1 – Washington, D.C. Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)

Leda Hernandez joined LEDC in 1998 and has worked in LEDC’s Finance & Administration Department for the past 18 years. Most recently, as Controller, Leda spent a decade leading all bookkeeping and procurement activities at LEDC as well as managing and reconciling bank accounts for the organization. She will now take on the role of Chief Operating Officer-COO, overseeing strategic and long-term initiatives for LEDC. Specifically, she will be charged with duties including implementation of LEDC’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan objectives; oversight of annual program planning and budgeting; legacy partner relationship management; and execution of LEDC’s external events. This promotion is effective on August 1st, 2016.

Ms. Hernandez stated; “I am very excited and grateful to take this opportunity to continue my professional growth at this great and amazing organization. I am very committed to LEDC--- I believe in our mission, our clients, and our communities."  
Marla Bilonick, Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center, speaks about Leda’s appointment; "I met Leda Hernandez in 1999, when I first worked at LEDC. I was immediately struck by her energy and passion for the work we do in the community. When I returned to LEDC in 2012, that spark in Leda had only grown stronger. She is committed and capable and will definitely succeed in this role---a role that is key to taking LEDC to the next level. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Leda in her new capacity. Hearty ‘felicitaciones’ are in order!” 
About the Latino Economic Development Center
The Latino Economic Development Center is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization. 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.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:54


Is your business eligible for capital improvement grants, tax rebates, flexible loans, wage reimbursements or other financial incentives from the Government of the District of Columbia or community lenders?
On August 3, come hear from our experts from the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. (Wacif)U.S. Small Business Administration, DMPED, and from our very own ‪#‎SmallBiz‬ Director, Oswaldo Acosta, to discuss available incentives, resources, eligibility criteria, and how to access these local initiatives.

Wednesday, August 3
Network: 8:30 to 9AM 
Learn: 9 to 10:30AM
Venable, LLP 
575 7th Street, NW 
Washington, DC

Register now:

Nearly all groups of entrepreneurs of color experienced significant growth in the number of their firms from 2007 to 2012, but for many sales declined, Algernon Austin found in his recent report, “The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap among Firms Is Costing the U.S. Billions.”

Helping entrepreneurs of color grow their businesses is essential to building their communities and strengthening the American economy, as the country become more racially and ethnically diverse. We need to support these entrepreneurs so they can create jobs and spark economic growth. 

This webinar will address opportunities to expand economic security through local programs that support all residents—something especially important in communities of color.

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