A Day in the Life of a Child

A Housing Affordability Public Service Announcement Series

Have you ever thought about who needs affordable housing? This public service announcement (PSA) campaign raises awareness around the relationship between housing affordability and the average take home pay of some of our most valued members of society: the professionals who take care of our children.

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A Day in the Life… A Nurse

Sponsored by District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development, HAND has launched the first PSA in the “Day in the Life of a Child” series. Promoted on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) metro buses and rail platforms for the month of June, this initial concept focuses on a nurse (LPN) who earns the average salary of $45,900/year and highlights the disparity between the nurse’s income and what’s really needed to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment in the D.C. area ($58,760/year). According to HUD’s affordability formula, a nurse would need to earn thousands of dollars more to be able to adequately afford the home. Including rent, what else does our nurse have to pay for? Food, utilities, health/dental care, child care, transportation, insurance, clothing, savings, etc.

Housing that is affordable is essential to the Washington region’s economic growth, a thriving business community and high quality of life for our workforce and most importantly our children.

Data for the PSA series is supplied by
National Housing Conference Paycheck to Paycheck
online tool.

Housing Affordability PSA Partners

Department of Housing and Community Development

The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is to create and preserve opportunities for affordable housing and economic development and to revitalize underserved communities in the District of Columbia.

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HAND is proud to have them as our government sponsor for the WMATA PSA series.

National Housing Conference

The National Housing Conference (NHC) is dedicated to helping ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all in America. As a division of NHC, the Center for Housing Policy specializes in solutions through research, working to broaden understanding of America’s affordable housing challenges and examine the impact of policies and programs developed to address these needs.

Paycheck to Paycheck is the National Housing Conference’s online tool that compares the median wages of workers in 80 different occupations to median housing costs in 210 metro areas. Policy makers and affordable housing advocates can use the Paycheck to Paycheck tool to find out which workers face challenges in accessing affordable homes to rent or buy and use the data to demonstrate the need for more affordable housing in their community.

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HAND thanks NHC for the use of its dedicated research reflected in its 2014 Paycheck to Paycheck interactive tool.

Get Involved

If you are a government agency interested in sponsoring one of the upcoming PSAs, let us know! Email Heather Raspberry, hraspberry@handhousing.org, and we’ll be in touch.

Women of Color in Community Development (WCCD) is a membership organization and professional network of women of color in the Washington metropolitan region’s community and economic development industry. WCCD’s mission to support the personal, educational and professional development of women of color engaged in the community and economic development aligns with HAND’s commitment to center racial equity. WCCD and HAND’s similarities don’t end there! Heather Raspberry, HAND’s Executive Director, sat on WCCD’s first board because she believes that spaces centered around marginalized groups are necessary, healing and vital to creating an equitable workforce in the community development sector. Also presently, Courtney Battle, HAND’s Director of Strategic Partnerships & Membership, is the President of WCCD.

“INSERT A QUOTE” said Courtney Battle, HAND’s Director of Strategic Partnerships & Membership & President of WCCD 




WCCD was organized in 2008 by founders, Lisa Hall, Susan Jones, Lessie Powell Evans, and Oramenta Newsome to offer a forum where women of color in fields related to community and economic development could be highlighted and celebrated for their professional achievements. In 2018 WCCD obtained its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and established itself officially as a membership association. Prior to 2018, HAND served as the fiscal agent for the organization, providing critical infrastructure in its early years. Since its inception, WCCD has grown from an informal network to a flourishing membership collective, with over 100 dues-paying members and 400+ women in the broader network, primarily located in the DC metropolitan area.



WCCD members regularly enjoy professional development events, panel discussions, mentoring, networking sessions and social gatherings, which further promote the personal and professional advancement of women of color in the field.

WCCD’s membership represents a wide variety of industry sectors including:

  • Affordable housing
  • Economic development
  • Real estate finance
  • Social services
  • Health care
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education

To learn more about WCCD and keep up with its activities, visit the website here.