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Proposed Fair Housing Regulation Would Harm Fair Housing Efforts

January 28, 2020

By Zachary Tashman On January 7, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a proposed rule that would weaken the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulatory requirement on state and local governments receiving HUD funding to report on housing discrimination and access problems under the 1968 Fair Housing Act (FHA), as […]

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Capture the True Value of Human Services with Reframing

January 23, 2020

Increasingly, philanthropic and government partners are recognizing the true value that human service organizations provide to our communities by building everyone’s well-being. One of the latest instances is observed by Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, in a December 18, 2019 “Commentary: Strengthening Human Services Community-Based Organizations” in […]

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Repeal of Parking Tax Opens the Door for Refunds – Sector Leadership Spot

January 17, 2020

By Cynthia Lewin, Venable LLP As a board member of PurchasingPoint®, the National Assembly’s discount group purchasing program, I know how every dollar counts at most nonprofits. For that reason, I’m delighted to share that nonprofits received a lovely gift right before Christmas with the repeal of the notorious nonprofit parking and public transit tax […]

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School Meals Bill Would Improve Children’s Well-Being

January 14, 2020

By Zachary Tashman The Expanding Access to School Meals Act of 2019 (H.R.5308), introduced by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), would expand the free school lunch and breakfast programs to millions of children. The bill would extend free school meals to all children from households that fall at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty […]

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When Bad Requirements Happen to Good Programs

January 9, 2020

Harmful cultural models — or inaccurate “deeply held understandings that motivate thought and behavior in largely unconscious and automatic ways” — can influence policymakers’ application of harsh requirements that limit access to programs such as hunger prevention. The start of state legislative sessions offers an opportunity to provide reframed messages that background those unproductive models, […]

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