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March 12, 2013 / Christian Clansky

Task force releases affordable housing recommendations for D.C.’s $100 million investment [News, 3.12.13]

HOUSING | This morning, Mayor Gray unveiled the recommendations of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force. From the event he tweeted:

@mayorvincegray
Creating or preserving 10K affordable units by 2020 is our goal — & we WILL reach it. #housingforall”

The Post reviews the task force’s recommendations on how to most effectively spend the $100 million that Gray committed to affordable housing, including (WaPo, 3/12):

The panel’s key recommendation is to beef up the commitment to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the District government’s main vehicle for low-income real-estate development…The report also suggests creating a new “housing innovation fund” that could fulfill a number of unmet financing needs.

Related: Why housing is everyone’s issue, by Gretchen Greiner-Lott (Daily, 3/7)

WORKFORCE | D.C.’s One-Stop workforce training programs are multi-tiered, but the attrition rate between tiers results in very few individuals completing the intensive training they need to be competitive. Greater Greater Washington runs through the job training process, identifies the problems, and suggests solutions. (GGW, 3/12) Excellent article.

INNOVATION | If you’ve been reading the Daily for a while, you’re familiar with Dan Pallotta. He’s the champion of the idea that too many great leaders are attracted to the private sector because the social sector refuses to financially reward success. His message has always been thought provoking and important – he delivered a great keynote at WRAG’s annual meeting a few years ago – but it reached a new level of compelling refinement at the TED symposium.

Here’s the video of his talk. It’s really worth your time to watch it.

Related: Pallotta wrote about the two possible futures for philanthropy in WRAG’s publication Reflections on the Past & Possibilities for the Future, which was sponsored by Capital One. (Daily, Dec. 2012)

PHILANTHROPY | New Philanthropy Capital report urges charities to share approaches to impact measurement (ThirdSector, 3/12)

EDUCATION
– Fighting truancy requires us to understand its causes. Greater Great Education aims to do exactly that (GGE, 3/12):

When surveys are done of the various stakeholders on the primary causes of truancy, the schools and their staff tend to blame the parents. The children generally blame the school. The parents often blame the child. Whatever insight we can gain from that set of relationships, it seems clear all play a part.

- Holy bananas. A new report suggests that it would take a massive $270 billion to return the nation’s aging elementary and secondary school buildings back to their original condition – and a whopping half trillion to modernize them. (WTOP, 3/12)

- KIPP DC proposes new high school in Southwest Washington (WaPo, 3/12)

- Does DCPS need application-only schools east of the river? (GGE, 3/12)


I’m hesitant to endorse this behavior for safety reasons, but I’m sure amused by this vigilante Russian bus. Whenever he gets cut off, Alexei “The Punisher” Volkov gently plows into the offending driver. He catches it on a dashboard cam and has somehow ended up on the winning side of insurance claims over the course of 100 accidents.

Also, happy 80th to 99 (Barbara Feldon) – a perfect opportunity to hum along to this.

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