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The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region

By Mariah Craven on December 9th, 2010

In today’s rundown: Cuts to a D.C. program that helps out grandparents who are raising their children’s children won’t be as deep as first proposed. | Changes could be coming to the way the District aids homeless families. | Listen to WAMU today for a discussion on the challenges faced by local LGBT youth. | A follow-up to yesterday’s story about a unique job training program.

– A D.C. subsidy program for residents who are raising their grandchildren has not been cut as deeply as first proposed, reports The Washington Examiner. Mayor Adrian Fenty originally proposed cutting funding for the program by half, or nearly $2.7 million.  However Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells was able to find $900,000 in the city’s Child and Family Services Agency budget and the cut was reduced.

– “The D.C. Council is moving forward with plans to make homeless families prove they live in the District before they can receive shelter, a stance that one council member called ‘cruel,’” reports The Washington Post. The bill, which was approved 8 to 3 in a preliminary vote, would also change the city’s obligation to homeless adults with children.

– Today on WAMU’s “The Kojo Nnamdi Show,” the conversation will focus on LGBT youth and the challenges they face in the community.  One of the guests will be Andrew Barnett, executive director of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner.

The Washington Post follows up yesterday’s story about the Project Empowerment job training program with a story today that focuses on what happens to students after graduation.


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