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.
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.
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:
Submit the following to our DC Office [LEDC 641 S St NW Washington, DC 20001 or by email email@example.com] by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 25, 2016:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 7:00-9:30pmWhere: WeWork Wonder Bread Factory 641 S Street NW- Ground Level
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.
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.
In 2013, their landlord, Michael Lesesne, raised the tenants’ rents by hundreds of dollars each month. The tenants objected to the rent increase and the judge ruled in their favor. However, Mr. Lesesne refuses to comply with the court order to return the money and reduce the tenants’ rents. Meanwhile, he also neglects basic maintenance on the building. But tenants aren’t backing down and they need YOUR support! Join them as they turn up the pressure on their landlord and call for stronger rights for ALL DC TENANTS!
On Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30, tenants will rally with councilmember Anita Bonds to demand justice from their landlord and call for reforms to DC’s rent control law to protect affordable housing and vulnerable tenants.
¡Únanse con los inquilinos de 1320 Nicholson St NW en la lucha para justicia!
En 2013, el dueño, Michael Lesesne, incrementó la renta por cientos de dólares al mes. Los inquilinos objetaron y un juez decidió en su favor. Pero Sr. Lesesne rechazó bajar las rentas y regresar el dinero a los residentes. Mientras tanto, no hace el mantenimiento básico en el edificio. Pero los inquilinos no van a echarse atrás y necesitan su apoyo. Júntense con ellos para aumentar la presión en su propietario y levantar la voz para protecciones mas fuertes para todos los inquilnos del DC.
DC- based Community Progress Maker Joins Leading Nonprofit Organizations Across the United States to Address Urban Challenges Ranging from Affordable Housing to Environmental Sustainability and Infrastructure
DC – MAY 18, 2016 – Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) announced today that it has been selected as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million grant initiative to support 40 visionary nonprofit organizations in their efforts to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the United States – including economic development, environment sustainability, urban infrastructure, and affordable housing.
As part of the program, LEDC will receive a core operating support grant of $500,000 over the course of two years to continue its work in the community around economic and social advancement of low- to moderate- income Latinos and other underserved communities in the Greater DC and Baltimore region. This new injection of funds will help bolster existing initiatives while opening up the door to additional programs such as strengthening our Small Business advocacy capacity to ensure that low and moderate income entrepreneurs have the right conditions to thrive. In addition to the grant, LEDC will also have access to technical assistance from leading national researchers and experts and will be provided opportunities to connect with other grantees to share and learn best practices.
"LEDC is honored to be selected as a Community Progress Maker. Funding from the Citi Foundation will help us build on momentum and success that taken place at our organization over the past two years,” said Marla Bilonick, Executive Director of LEDC. “The Citi Foundation is a collaborative and committed supporter that is helping to take LEDC to the next level. We are truly grateful for this investment in our organization and for our longstanding partnership with Citi."
“The Citi Foundation feels privileged to support organizations that have demonstrated such strong commitments to their local communities and a willingness to share their experiences with others for the betterment of their neighborhoods,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “These organizations have a track record of implementing solutions that work for their communities because they know the people there, understand what resources to tap and, most importantly, feel deeply invested in the places where they live and work. We believe that’s the key to leading urban transformation efforts in DC and elsewhere across the country.”
The Community Progress Makers Fund builds upon the Citi Foundation’s commitment to identify and support innovative solutions and organizations that are helping build stronger, more resilient cities that are engines of economic opportunity for all. The flexibility of core operating support will allow organizations and their visionary leaders to deploy solutions that address a range of issues.
LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate- income Latinos and other underserved communities in the D.C. and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. For more information, visit http://ledcmetro.org/.
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit www.citifoundation.com.