AN ITEM IN THE JULY 29 DISTRICT IN BRIEF COLUMN INCORRECTLY DESCRIBED THE JUBILEE ENTREPRISE OF GREATER WASHINGTON INC. THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION PROVIDES AFFORDABLE MULTIFAMILY HOUSING IN THE DISTRICT. (PUBLISHED 08/12/99)
Health Program for Families
D.C. Healthy Families, an organization that is part of the D.C. Department of Health, is still accepting applications from District residents for free health insurance and services to families who meet specific criteria.
The program is available to families who are U.S. citizens and D.C. residents and whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Also eligible for the program are pregnant women, parents or legal guardians of children in the Children's Health Insurance Program, and children younger than 19 who are living alone.
The program uses free health clinics and health centers throughout the city. Free services also include: doctor visits, immunizations, school physicals, emergency care, hospital stays, prescription medicines, dental care, vision care, prenatal care, family planning, health education and drug and alcohol treatments.
Applications are available in Spanish and English at CVS, Giant, Rite Aid and Safeway stores, as well as at public libraries and community-based organizations in the District. For more information and for help in filling out the applications, call 1-800-MOM-BABY.
$300,000 Grants Awarded
The Jubilee Enterprise of Greater Washington Inc. and the House of Ruth recently received grants of $300,000 each from the Freddie Mac Foundation to expand their programs.
For five years, Jubilee has provided an after-school program at four Southeast public housing complexes for children ages 7 to 13. The program now will include tutoring and homework help, academic enrichment, social skills development, violence prevention, computer technology education and cultural enrichment. Also, the grant money is expected to allow more than 150 students to participate, create an effective tutoring program in partnership with Howard University, increase parent involvement and help enhance children's self-esteem.
The House of Ruth, which provides services for homeless and abused women and their children, will use the grant to lease a larger facility for its Mother and Infant Center. That will allow women to stay for a longer period of time, giving them a greater opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency and stabilize their lives.
The grants are part of Freddie Mac's $16 million disbursement to organizations across the country that are working to prevent child abuse and neglect, find foster homes for children and strengthen early childhood education opportunities.
Libraries Get Carnegie Funds
D.C. Public Libraries received the first installment of a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation in New York. The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the city's library services to under-served populations by June 2000.
The money will be used to help establish a community literacy center in the Southwest Branch Library; develop a literacy Web site; enhance outreach to middle schools and junior high schools; develop resources on the Harlem Renaissance in Washington; acquire resources in the diverse languages of the community; and purchase core collections of videos and books on tape for branch libraries.
D.C. Public Libraries, which was one of the original libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie, is one of 25 urban public libraries to receive the grant in honor of the 100th anniversary of Andrew Carnegie's gifts to establish public libraries in New York City and in more than 1,350 American communities.