COVID-19 Rapid Response Grantees

Total Funds Committed: $268,000

Angel Rose Artist Collective members have been working on various art projects to support the DC Trans BIPoC community and regain lost income, including hazard mask making and a remote playwriting initiative with virtual public readings.

Angels of Hope Ministries is creating a creative virtual, safe distancing platform for healing and advocating for wraparound services for their community in Ward 8.

America’s Islamic Heritage Museum is providing Emergency Food Aid service, including hot lunches for youth, a bi-monthly community healthy food choice distribution, and an evening
meal program to their community in Ward 8.

Black & Indigenous Transgender Safehaus provides housing for BIPoC transgender adults ages 25 and up who are undocumented, English-learners, immunocompromised, and/or returning citizens.

Black Lives Matter DC has been central to the coordination of the DC Mutual Aid Network, which has provided much needed supplies and support to individuals and families across the city, and especially in Wards 7 and 8.

Black Swan Academy is providing mutual aid to youth leaders, their families and the families of youth leaders we are in relationship with through United Leaders 4 Freedom Youth Coalition and DC Girls Coalition through mutual aid stations at the DCPS meal sites and deliveries upon request, including prescriptions and other necessities. Black Swan Academy is also moving all organizing and coalition work online and using funds to support investments in technology that will allow for engagement of middle and high school youth leaders through creative, interactive virtual meetings and implement a digital organizing strategy.

Black Youth Project 100 – DC Chapter, in coalition with other grassroots organizers in the city, has facilitated the development of mutual aid networks and neighborhood pods that have been instrumental in providing food, medicine, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies to those in need in all eight wards of D.C. BYP 100 DC is also continuing to organize virtually, hosting calls and facilitating online political education workshops highlighting prison abolition and decarceration efforts and the conditions in the D.C. jail. Recently, BYP100 released a public statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with demands.

Brave Soul Collective is continuing to present events virtually to financially support artists and performers, who have also seen their artistic, financial capacity evaporate due to COVID-19.

BTCC – Grandfamilies United Project works to empower low-income, black women and men raising grandchildren through building partnerships, developing organizing practices, and investing in their futures. The program is currently facing increased demands for their services as well as food and basic necessities for their population, with limited capacity and access to income, transportation, protective equipment, volunteers and technology.

Collective Action for Safe Spaces is continuing development of a Transformative Justice Hub, incubating a collective of individuals dedicated to learning transformative justice practices and strategies for dealing with conflict and harm without involving the police, with an increased focus on developing digital resources. CASS is also working to connect marginalized survivors and individuals seeking mental health crisis management support with mutual aid resources.

Connection COREE (Clients Organizing Radical and Ethnic Equity) is providing tablets to returning citizens to keep them and their families connected to critical online services while libraries remain closed.

Crafting for Consciousness is supporting Ward 8 community members in manufacturing masks, PPE, and other household items by providing training, materials, and supplies.

CryptoParty DC will be partnering with Ward 5 Mutual Aid to sustain their ongoing work providing food and essential supplies to District residents, while also adding educational materials related to cybersecurity.

Darfur Women Action Group has created an Emergency Response team to initiate to provide relief response. This team has conducted a rapid assessment to identify the needs of affected communities. The emergency response team will work to make information and resources available to these communities through check-up calls, grocery delivery, and guidance on evolving emergency measures.

DC National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens is working to provide PPE and safety information, which they found was not being provided in halfway houses, to returning citizens in their weekly support groups.

DC Unity and Justice Fellowship, in partnership with Little Lights Urban Ministries and Exodus Treatment Center, is providing relief for families living in DC public housing apartments in Wards 6, 7, and 8 through distribution of essential supplies such as toiletries, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and non-perishable food.

Deaf Abused Women’s Network continues to provide trauma-informed, culturally responsive and transformative justice services to survivors regardless of disability and language inaccessibility.

Dreaming Out Loud is facilitating the distribution of healthy food, primarily to Wards 7 and Ward 8; additionally, to targeted senior, unhoused, and community groups in need of meals as the health crisis disrupts an already fragile East of the River and emergency food system. Their community-based model of outreach, growing, and distributing food is in full swing. They are operating deeply within each community via relationships, but delivering scaled relief via various partnerships.

Fair Budget Coalition is continuing to provide stipends and technology support to members of two of their constituency building groups, the Constituent Leadership Program and Caregivers Circles. Both groups convene DC residents of color to advocate around and engage with key issues in the DC budget, such as affordable housing, affordable childcare, public safety, and transportation.

Family & Friends of Incarcerated People has been feeding youth in Ward 8since DCPS announced its closure in mid-March. In one week alone, they provided over 1,500 lunches and a small amount of breakfasts to school-age children with the support of a dedicated network of volunteers. FFOIP is also working to collect and deliver key supplies to vulnerable families and seniors in the Great Ward Eight.

Georgia Avenue Business Improvement District and Development Corporation (GABIDDC), in partnership with Black Student Fund, is expanding its remote learning programs for children ages 8 through 13 to include remote math instruction in addition to introductory and advance computer coding, as well as expanding outreach to serve more DC students. These programs will extend through the summer and, if necessary, through spring 2021.

Healthy Babies Project is providing crisis housing services and immediate basic needs for homeless, pregnant/parenting District teenagers of color in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic through operation of two transitional homes for this population and serving dozens more marginalized youth of color in the District, primarily in Wards 7 and 8. Healthy Babies Project is urgently working to provide for immediate needs for as well as 24-hour transitional house staffing in case residents or staff fall ill.

Justice for Muslims Collective is strategizing and developing several different interventions to meet the needs of our communities, with a focus on the AMEMSA community. These interventions include building a rapid response network and political education and advocacy to respond to rampant racism from the government and lack of resources for communities struggling with COVID-19 at the intersections of xenophobia, immigration, and other systems of oppression. This work is designed to our communities now, while also building the long-term relationships we need to sustain the resistance.

Latino Youth Leadership Council is providing mutual aid to their members, the authors of Voces Sin Fronteras, who are all young immigrants.

Long Live GoGo is leveraging their online following of over 20k to disseminate public health and safety information through a multi-platform social media campaign while continuing citywide advocacy around housing policy and health care access as part of the DC Rent Control Coalition and in collaboration with SEIU and Washington Hospital Center.

Many Languages One Voice is supporting 10 immigrant street vendors from their Vendedores Unidos group to receive training as public health promoters and distribute multilingual health information, hand sanitizer, and other supplies to 1,500 community
members. MLOV’s new public health promoters are partnering with Whitman-Walker Health, the People for Fairness Coalition, and Street Sense to protect the District’s most vulnerable —immigrant communities, communities of color, and homeless communities.

Mutual Aid Movement DC is supporting the most vulnerable residents of Ward 1 and beyond in Washington, D.C. during the current COVID-19 pandemic with necessary supplies and nutritious meals and groceries.  

No Justice No Pride is providing stipends to DC area Trans Sex Workers to engage in critically needed mutual aid work around the city focused on meeting the needs of Black and Brown Trans people. Stipends are providing meaningful income to sex workers to work the various Ward hotlines, make hand sanitizer and other PPE supplies, prepare meals for seniors and volunteer where critical needs exist at No Justice No Pride’s three safe houses.

ONE DC is working to shift their short-term organizing strategy to join the national movement to #CancelRent. Locally, ONE DC is organizing in support of the demands put forth by the DC Tenants Union, including cancelling rent and mortgage payments for the duration of the state of emergency, a two-year freeze on rent increases, guaranteed right to counsel in eviction cases, expansion of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and enactment of the Reclaim Rent Control platform.

One Love = True Change launched the DC Mask Making Project to provide high quality reusable masks made for and by directly impacted Black folks in DC. The project is cooperatively led and engages community members who are formerly incarcerated, laid off by the restaurant/service industry, and other folks from vulnerable communities whose work has been impacted.

Outlines Unnoticed in Life Organization (OUILO) launched the C.O.W. (Community On Wheels) program to assist senior citizens aged 55-85, in Wards 7 and 8 with online shopping and delivery from
major grocery venues using currency and/or EBT and SNAP benefits.

P0STB1NARY is using funds to support URL:// Until Real Life, mutual aid cultural programming to transform social distancing into social solidarity, centering DC-based cultural workers that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peace House has been part of the East of the River Ward 7 and 8 Mutual Aid Network, distributing PPE and essential cleaning supplies to the community.

People for Fairness Coalition works with the homeless community and DC partner organizations to support people experiencing homelessness during the COVID 19 public heath emergency. This work includes distributing personal hygiene supplies, monitoring hand-washing stations and porta potties near encampments, and create an online network of information and resources for the community.

Positive Productions Inc. is partnering with two Black bookstores in DC, Sankofa Video and Books and Mahogany Books to safely supply and distribute free and culturally responsive DVDs and books to families and individuals who lack internet access.

Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROC-DC) quickly mobilized efforts to provide support and relief to restaurant workers in the DMV. In the process ROC-DC created a COVID-19 Relief Support Group via Facebook, compiled a list of local community and government relief supports shared through a public Restaurant Worker Resource Guide, began collaborating with allies on how to ensure emergency legislation proposed by the DC Council would include vulnerable workers and low income residents, and established the ROC-DC Disaster Relief Fund. $30,000 has been raised and 640 applications from unemployed restaurant workers in the DMV have been received, totaling about $192,000 in funds requests.

The Butterfly Village is providing direct services in the form of food, laundry service, educational resources, transportation, and personal hygiene supplies to the community they serve, children of all ages affected by incarceration.

The Future Foundation, Ward 8’s only trauma-informed drop-in center for teens, is responding to the COVID-19 epidemic through its Stay Woke D.C. program. Youth organizers are working to provide outreach to residents with less access. The Future Foundation is also providing food and transportation support to expecting teen mothers and teen parents, coordinating a daycare collective within public housing units in Ward 8, and providing internet hotspots to facilitate students completing distance learning requirements.

The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens is providing support to clients who are being released due to the pandemic and their families. From March 18 -April 11, DC Jail
released close to 400 inmates, 40% of whom are going to need emergency help, housing, food, employment and other essentials.

Three Part Harmony Farm, a WOC-owned and operated farm located in NE DC and focused on Agroecological growing practices with a social justice lens, is stepping up to harvest, wash, and distribute produce on an emergency basis to those who are out of work, not in school, or for any other reason currently do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC‘s advocacy for securing public benefits and financial assistance to help excluded workers, like day laborers and undocumented immigrant workers, is now more important than ever as these populations continue to be excluded from federal and local stimulus funding and other financial assistance. While continuing this advocacy, they are also working to secure financial and food assistance for their network of essential, but excluded workers.

Trans-Latinx DMV is organizing the UndocuTrans Stimulus Fund which aims to support undocumented immigrants, left out of federal aid, in the Trans community through stipends to cover rent, food, and other necessities.

Who Speaks for Me? works with pregnant women in DC who are struggling with housing insecurity, specifically providing cell phones for the women who need them and cover the cost of the service for up to a year.

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