HOMELESSNESS | In the past year, the number of homeless families has risen considerably in the District (18%) and in Loudoun County (5%), according to the Council of Governments’ annual survey. At the same time, the city of Alexandria and Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Prince William counties all saw double-digit drops in their homeless population percentages.
The net result is that the region’s total homeless population actually remained flat. (WaPo, 5/10) Off topic: Why is “Prince George’s” possessive, but “Prince William” not?
HOUSING | The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will step in to oversee the grants process for two of D.C.’s affordable housing programs – the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program and the Home Purchase Assistance Program. Both programs have been under fire for poor management in recent years. (WaPo, 5/10)
Related opinion: Affordable housing advocates should talk about land use… and land use advocates need to talk about affordability from Greater Greater Washington’s Dave Alpert. (GGW, 5/10)
Related: Fairfax County is stepping up efforts to enforce fair housing laws. Read more in an article dramatically titled Housing Discrimination Alert. (Connection, 5/9) Then, imagine that title read aloud by this guy.
AGING | More on housing. The Atlantic considers the growing trend of retirees seeking to “age in place” and says that the majority of single-family homes aren’t well equipped to handle elderly residents. (Atlantic, 5/10)
COMMUNITY | The Huffington Post profiles WRAG member Patty Alper and highlights her leadership in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Adopt-a-Class program, which mentors at-risk District youth and teaches them business skills. (HuffPo, 5/10)
PHILANTHROPY | The White House has proposed new rules aimed at encouraging funders to spend money on other things besides grants – like low-interest loans and stock purchases. The rule changes have been a long time coming (Chronicle, 5/10):
A committee of lawyers who specialize in nonprofit issues has been working for more than a decade to persuade the federal government to update the rules, which were initially tailored in the early 1970s to cover mostly domestic projects involving low-income people and deteriorated urban areas.
The Chronicle says that the Treasury Department, which drafted the new rules, is accepting comments on them until July 18.
Dubai is a pretty cool place – it has the world’s tallest building, man-made islands, and indoor skiing. But I’ve always felt like the city’s lack of an underwater hotel has prevented it from being a truly great city. Fortunately, they are addressing my concerns.
Oh and really nice win, Caps!