How DC-Area Nonprofits Are Measuring Their Success during the Pandemic

Blog post by Leiha Edmonds, Ananya Hariharan
October 21, 2020

Urban–Greater DC   (Washington, D.C.)

Millions of people have lost jobs, health insurance, and housing during the coronavirus pandemic as racial- and income-based economic and health disparities continue to grow. The Washington, DC, metropolitan region is no exception. Already one of the most economically stratified regions before the pandemic, DC’s low-income workers have lost an estimated 20,649 jobs. Structural racism’s effects on social determinants of health magnifies these disparities. The city’s Black residents face an 80 percent COVID-19 fatality rate, despite making up less than 50 percent of the city’s population.

To mitigate the impact of some of these disparities, direct service nonprofits within the DC metro region have expanded their programming and services. From housing support to food assistance to education to health care, many organizations are developing innovative remote services to meet the increasing needs of DC-area residents.

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