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Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:09

WEBINAR: Entrepreneurship In Communities Of Color

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Nearly all groups of entrepreneurs of color experienced significant growth in the number of their firms from 2007 to 2012, but for many sales declined, Algernon Austin found in his recent report, “The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap among Firms Is Costing the U.S. Billions.”

Helping entrepreneurs of color grow their businesses is essential to building their communities and strengthening the American economy, as the country become more racially and ethnically diverse. We need to support these entrepreneurs so they can create jobs and spark economic growth. 

This webinar will address opportunities to expand economic security through local programs that support all residents—something especially important in communities of color.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:58

Rally Against Slumlords And Unfair Rent Hikes

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Join tenants at 1320 Nicholson St NW in their fight for fairness!

In 2013, their landlord, Michael Lesesne, raised the tenants’ rents by hundreds of dollars each month. The tenants objected to the rent increase and the judge ruled in their favor. However, Mr. Lesesne refuses to comply with the court order to return the money and reduce the tenants’ rents. Meanwhile, he also neglects basic maintenance on the building. But tenants aren’t backing down and they need YOUR support! Join them as they turn up the pressure on their landlord and call for stronger rights for ALL DC TENANTS!

On Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30, tenants will rally with councilmember Anita Bonds to demand justice from their landlord and call for reforms to DC’s rent control law to protect affordable housing and vulnerable tenants.

¡Únanse con los inquilinos de 1320 Nicholson St NW en la lucha para justicia! 

En 2013, el dueño, Michael Lesesne, incrementó la renta por cientos de dólares al mes. Los inquilinos objetaron y un juez decidió en su favor. Pero Sr. Lesesne rechazó bajar las rentas y regresar el dinero a los residentes. Mientras tanto, no hace el mantenimiento básico en el edificio. Pero los inquilinos no van a echarse atrás y necesitan su apoyo. Júntense con ellos para aumentar la presión en su propietario y levantar la voz para protecciones mas fuertes para todos los inquilnos del DC.



Marla Bilonick



 Latino Economic Development Center Selected by Citi Foundation’s

Community Progress Makers Fund Grant Program

to Accelerate Economic Opportunity


DC- based Community Progress Maker Joins Leading Nonprofit Organizations Across the United States to Address Urban Challenges Ranging from Affordable Housing to Environmental Sustainability and Infrastructure


DC – MAY 18, 2016 – Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) announced today that it has been selected as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million grant initiative to support 40 visionary nonprofit organizations in their efforts to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the United States – including economic development, environment sustainability, urban infrastructure, and affordable housing.


As part of the program, LEDC will receive a core operating support grant of $500,000 over the course of two years to continue its work in the community around economic and social advancement of low- to moderate- income Latinos and other underserved communities in the Greater DC and Baltimore region. This new injection of funds will help bolster existing initiatives while opening up the door to additional programs such as strengthening our Small Business advocacy capacity to ensure that low and moderate income entrepreneurs have the right conditions to thrive. In addition to the grant, LEDC will also have access to technical assistance from leading national researchers and experts and will be provided opportunities to connect with other grantees to share and learn best practices.


"LEDC is honored to be selected as a Community Progress Maker. Funding from the Citi Foundation will help us build on momentum and success that taken place at our organization over the past two years,” said Marla Bilonick, Executive Director of LEDC. “The Citi Foundation is a collaborative and committed supporter that is helping to take LEDC to the next level. We are truly grateful for this investment in our organization and for our longstanding partnership with Citi."


“The Citi Foundation feels privileged to support organizations that have demonstrated such strong commitments to their local communities and a willingness to share their experiences with others for the betterment of their neighborhoods,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “These organizations have a track record of implementing solutions that work for their communities because they know the people there, understand what resources to tap and, most importantly, feel deeply invested in the places where they live and work.  We believe that’s the key to leading urban transformation efforts in DC and elsewhere across the country.”


The Community Progress Makers Fund builds upon the Citi Foundation’s commitment to identify and support innovative solutions and organizations that are helping build stronger, more resilient cities that are engines of economic opportunity for all.  The flexibility of core operating support will allow organizations and their visionary leaders to deploy solutions that address a range of issues.




About the Latino Economic Development Center


LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate- income Latinos and other underserved communities in the D.C. and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. For more information, visit


About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit




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