March 2018
Remembering Oramenta Newsome
As most of you know, our Vice President Oramenta Newsome passed away after a brief illness on February 1st. She led LISC DC for nearly 25 years and leaves behind a great legacy of creating equitable communities throughout DC and the United States. We miss her tremendously and will continue to advance her life's work here in the District. Here, you can read her obituary in the Washington Post , as well as a tribute on the LISC HQ website . A memorial event is being planned for the spring; more details to come soon.

LISC Leadership Message from Executive VP Denise Scott
Ramon Jacobson , Deputy Director of DC LISC, will assume the role of Acting Director. Ramon worked closely with Oramenta for nearly 20 years and we have no doubt that this decision would meet with Oramenta’s blessing. We have the utmost confidence in Ramon and look forward to working with him in this new role. 

We will conduct a formal search process shortly.

Thank you,

Denise Scott
Executive Vice President of Programs 
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Looking Back on Last Year
In 2017, LISC DC invested $55 million throughout DC, ensuring that existing affordable housing is accessible to all. We also provided grant funding to several organizations to assist with their capacity building, to support engagement and outreach efforts, and to bring more cultural arts activities to DC residents. Check out our highlights of 2017 here .
Upcoming Events
Manna's Ward 8 Homebuyer's Club: First Saturday of every month
  • Ward 8 residents are welcome to join MANNA, 10 am - 12:30 pm, at THEARC (1901 Mississippi Ave SE) to receive resources about buying a home, peer support and financial education. Click here for more information.

Housing Counseling Services Tenants Rights Workshops: March 6, 15, 19, and 29, 2018
  • Housing Counseling Services is hosting a series of workshops where attendees can learn about tenants' rights and responsibilities, the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), improving housing conditions, eviction, rent control, and other valuable resources. The workshops will be held at the Anacostia Public Library and the Southeast Public Library. Learn more here.

The March to Make Chronic Homelessness History: March 8, 2018
  • Join The Way Home Campaign for the March to Make Chronic Homelessness History. Hear from experts with lived experience of homelessness and take action to ensure that Mayor Bowser focuses on ending chronic homelessness in her upcoming budget. Learn more and RSVP here.

The Future of Mobility: Bold Ideas for the Capital Region: March 15th, 2018
  • Join the Greater Washington Partnership for a dialogue on the future of mobility in the Capital Region. Opening remarks will be given by Ray LaHood, the Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The panelists are Scott Kubly (Director, Seattle Department of Transportation), Beth Osborne (senior Transportation Advisor), Transportation for America), John D. Pocari (President, U.S. Advisory Services, WSP), and the conversation will be moderated by Marcia L. Hale (President, Building America's Future). The event will take place at the InterContintental Washington, D.C. - The Wharf. The breakfast reception is from 8 am - 8:30 am and the program is from 8:30 am - 10am. To attend, please RSVP events@greaterwashingtonpartnership.org. This event is free of charge and open to the press.

CNHED's Annual Rally: March 17, 2018
  • Mayor Bowser, community organizations and residents from every ward will participate in CNHED's Annual Rally, which focuses on advancing the quality of life for low- to moderate-income District residents. Join us in advocating for affordable housing, economic opportunities, and access to services for DC residents. Click here for more information.

The Black Love Experience: March 17, 2018
  • Nubian Hueman's annual celebration of Black culture and the creative community returns to the Anacostia Arts Center for a one-day event. The Black Love Experience draws attendees to connect and celebrate the Washington DC area’s creative community through art, music, wellness, and creative commerce. Click here for more information.

MANNA's 5K Fun Run for Affordable Housing: April 28, 2018
  • Join MANNA for their 20th annual Fun Run for Affordable Housing. The stroller-friendly event helps to bring awareness about housing issues in the city while also promoting healthy bodies, an important piece of overall wellness. Click here for more information.
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