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Biden administration temporarily expands student loan forgiveness program for public servants. The move will bring more ...
10/06/2021
Biden administration temporarily expands student loan forgiveness program for public servants

Biden administration temporarily expands student loan forgiveness program for public servants. The move will bring more than 550,000 people closer to debt cancellation, including 22,000 who will be immediately eligible. #StudentDebt http://ow.ly/vIz250GmOZ6

The temporary waiver will bring more than 550,000 people closer to debt cancellation, including 22,000 who will be immediately eligible for cancellation.

As cities around the world grapple with a crisis of #affordablehousing, Vienna has been keeping it at bay. How the Austr...
09/21/2021
Vienna's Radical Idea? Affordable Housing For All

As cities around the world grapple with a crisis of #affordablehousing, Vienna has been keeping it at bay. How the Austrian capital got there may offer a model strategy for cities worldwide. #socialhousing http://ow.ly/oWPg50Ge9en

As cities around the world grapple with a crisis of affordable housing, Vienna has been keeping it at bay. How the Austrian capital got there may offer a mod...

While President Biden has called climate change a “code red” crisis, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen is poised to res...
09/19/2021
Janet Yellen faces climate test as environmentalists push for more aggressive financial action

While President Biden has called climate change a “code red” crisis, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen is poised to resist calls to ask financial regulators to rein in lending to the nation’s worst greenhouse-gas emitters. http://ow.ly/bghQ50Gcx7B

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is currently leading a review of what federal banking regulators should do to ensure the financial system is protected from climate-related risks. While the Biden administration pursues separate climate legislation with Congress, environmental groups want Yellen to us...

Last year, tenant advocacy groups convinced the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to give cash quickly to residents at risk ...
08/30/2021
How Santa Fe Prevented Evictions with Easy Access to Rent Relief

Last year, tenant advocacy groups convinced the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to give cash quickly to residents at risk of eviction. As federal rent relief money trickles out, what can other areas learn from Santa Fe’s program? http://ow.ly/qpEY50G0YEg

Advocacy groups convinced the City of Santa Fe to give cash to residents at risk of eviction. What can other areas learn from the program?

How State and Local Governments Can Avoid Mass Evictions. Beyond the immediate need to stop mass evictions, state and lo...
08/09/2021
How State and Local Governments Can Avoid Mass Evictions

How State and Local Governments Can Avoid Mass Evictions. Beyond the immediate need to stop mass evictions, state and local officials can do more to facilitate housing stability in a longer-term transition out of the pandemic. http://ow.ly/FlCw50FNmfe

Beyond the immediate need to stop mass evictions, there is much more that state and local officials can do to facilitate housing stability.

The functions of investment are too important to be left in the hands of private banks only interested in accruing profi...
08/04/2021
We Need Public Banking

The functions of investment are too important to be left in the hands of private banks only interested in accruing profits. We need public banks — something the Public Banking Act, introduced by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib provides. http://ow.ly/lz7U50FKCHC

The basic functions of investment are too important to be left in the hands of private banks only interested in accruing profits. We need public banks — something the Public Banking Act, introduced by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, would provide.

Why Shouldn’t the People Own the Banks? A municipally chartered public bank would not be beholden to the often predatory...
07/09/2021
Why Shouldn’t the People Own the Banks?

Why Shouldn’t the People Own the Banks? A municipally chartered public bank would not be beholden to the often predatory commercial banking sector. #PublicBankng http://ow.ly/oZw750FsYet

A municipally chartered public bank would not be beholden to the often predatory commercial banking sector.

Join DSLBD's Inno.ED Team on Wednesdays in July to learn more about the District's grants for #SmallBiz. This is an over...
07/02/2021
DC Grants for Business, Generally | Where to Find Grants

Join DSLBD's Inno.ED Team on Wednesdays in July to learn more about the District's grants for #SmallBiz. This is an overview of where to look for grants, how to prepare, some grant programs of note, and how to make the grants process work for you. http://ow.ly/ylGG50Fo0E1

First of a four-part series on Wednesdays in July 2021. A (now) hour long lunch and learn webinar.

There has never been a shortage of financial wherewithal to bailout a system that is demonstrably unjust and unstable, a...
06/26/2021
Boston Review

There has never been a shortage of financial wherewithal to bailout a system that is demonstrably unjust and unstable, as well as ecologically calamitous. It should not be difficult to find the financial resources to mount a successful U.S. and global Green New Deal over the coming generation. http://ow.ly/whhN50Fj9lQ

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In 2016, Wole Coaxum launched a mobile app, offering check scanning, bill payment and a Mastercard debit card for unbank...
06/18/2021
Ex-JPMorgan Chase Exec Has A Plan To Narrow Racial Wealth Gap In Every Major U.S. City

In 2016, Wole Coaxum launched a mobile app, offering check scanning, bill payment and a Mastercard debit card for unbanked people, all connected to an FDIC insured bank account at Sunrise Banks (which bills itself as a socially responsible bank). http://ow.ly/qlEo50FdDiR

The great-grandson of a successful Black real estate developer who used his influence to integrate his community, fintech entrepreneur Wole Coaxum carries on his family’s dream by bringing financial services to the unbanked across America.

The 12 business operators interviewed by The Washington Post who raised their minimum wage in the last year points to th...
06/12/2021
These businesses found a way around the worker shortage: Raising wages to $15 an hour or more

The 12 business operators interviewed by The Washington Post who raised their minimum wage in the last year points to the central role that pay — specifically a $15-an-hour minimum starting wage — plays in attracting workers right now. http://ow.ly/cE4j50F8VQP

Talk of a labor shortage has clogged the airwaves in Washington. But 12 businesses shared the decidedly non-radical way they got around the issue: offering workers better pay.

The federal student aid system is in the midst of an overhaul. A long-standing effort to revamp the management of studen...
06/11/2021
Federal student aid head Richard Cordray talks student loans: ‘We intend and will hold the servicers accountable.’

The federal student aid system is in the midst of an overhaul. A long-standing effort to revamp the management of student loans is coming to a head, as are efforts to make it easier to enroll in income-driven repayment plans and obtain financial aid. http://ow.ly/5IhR50F8v2U

The newly-appointed head of the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid is leading a major transformation of the aid system and vowing to hold the contractors involved in the process accountable for their treatment of borrowers.

The Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Capital Impact Partners today announced $40,000 in  D.C. Co-op Impact ...
06/09/2021
Second Round of D.C. Co-op Impact Grant Supports Region’s Cooperatives - Capital Impact Partners

The Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Capital Impact Partners today announced $40,000 in D.C. Co-op Impact grants to four existing and emerging cooperatively owned businesses operated by people of color and/or workers living with low wages. http://ow.ly/K8tV50F6Px3

In the second annual D.C. Co-op Impact Grant, Wacif and Capital Impact provided seven grants totaling $40,000 to support and foster D.C. co-ops.

Between 2000 and 2019, the D.C. property market experienced remarkable growth. According to annual District property ass...
06/01/2021
DC’s Property Sales Market: Trends and Fluctuations – 2000 to 2020

Between 2000 and 2019, the D.C. property market experienced remarkable growth. According to annual District property assessment data, the total value of all taxable property grew from $46.6 billion in 2000 to $224.4 billion (382.4 percent higher) in 2019. http://ow.ly/sz0350F0uB8

An Overview of the City’s Property Market Between 2000 and 2019, the District of Columbia property market experienced remarkable growth. According to annual District property assessment data, the t…

The Biden administration this week announced that it will begin reviewing and overhauling regulations governing major fe...
05/24/2021
Biden Administration Announces Major Revamp Of Income Based Repayment, Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

The Biden administration this week announced that it will begin reviewing and overhauling regulations governing major federal student loan relief programs, including student loan forgiveness programs and income based repayment plans. #StudentDebt http://ow.ly/v9cr50EUfPC

The Biden administration this week announced that it will begin the process of reviewing and overhauling major federal student loan relief programs, including student loan forgiveness programs and income based repayment plans. Here's what it means for borrowers.

Yes, nearly all of the country's biggest banks have now committed to achieve "net-zero" climate emissions by 2050....tho...
04/19/2021
Wall Street’s greenwashing is a renewed threat to the planet

Yes, nearly all of the country's biggest banks have now committed to achieve "net-zero" climate emissions by 2050....those same banks are continuing to loan trillions to the companies most responsible for causing climate change. http://ow.ly/zxbb50EsDah

In a particular Orwellian moment, big banks loaned money to an oil giant under the guise of a "sustainability loan"

Landmark Case Could End Biden’s #StudentDebt Prison.The Supreme Court may consider a case that could defang Biden’s bank...
04/08/2021
Landmark Case Could End Biden’s Student Debt Prison

Landmark Case Could End Biden’s #StudentDebt Prison.
The Supreme Court may consider a case that could defang Biden’s bankruptcy bill and protect people being crushed by college debt. http://ow.ly/9HNa50EjCLE

The Supreme Court may consider a case that could defang Biden’s bankruptcy bill and protect people being crushed by college debt.

The U.S. government approved trillions in aid. Many hard-hit families have yet to receive it. Millions are still waiting...
04/06/2021
The U.S. government approved trillions in aid. Many hard-hit families have yet to receive it.

The U.S. government approved trillions in aid. Many hard-hit families have yet to receive it. Millions are still waiting for stimulus checks and housing aid, and only 41 percent of those eligible are receiving unemployment, one study found. http://ow.ly/RUKw50EhP2H

Millions are still waiting for stimulus checks and housing aid, and only 41 percent of those eligible are receiving unemployment, one study found.

Following pandemic, converting office buildings into housing may become new ‘normal’. The most daunting conversion hurdl...
04/04/2021
Following pandemic, converting office buildings into housing may become new ‘normal’

Following pandemic, converting office buildings into housing may become new ‘normal’. The most daunting conversion hurdle is financing to cover the array of costs. Private sector equity and debt financing sources exist to finance market-rate housing units. http://ow.ly/Mg3r50EglbT

But such alterations for home living face significant challenges in design, technology, regulations, and costs and financing.

D.C.’s biggest ice cream fan, most enthusiastic former Amtrak commuter, and President of the United States supports stat...
03/19/2021
Area Man Supports D.C. Statehood | DCist

D.C.’s biggest ice cream fan, most enthusiastic former Amtrak commuter, and President of the United States supports statehood for the District, per White House press secretary Jen Psaki. http://ow.ly/hpC550E3OYS

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