HOUSING/EQUITY | According to a new study, minimum-wage earners need to hold down three full-time jobs in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment in our region. Here are the jaw-dropping numbers (WAMU, 3/19):
- In Maryland, minimum wage-earners need to work 135 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, in order to afford a Fair Market rent of $1,273.
- In Virginia, minimum wage-earners need to work 114 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, in order to afford a Fair Market rent of $1,078.
CHILDREN & YOUTH | Tamara wrote a piece for DC Action for Children’s blog about why having a safe and stable residence is essential to ensuring that a child is “physically and emotionally healthy and primed to succeed in life.” But housing is rarely an issue considered when discussing child advocacy. (DCAFC, 3/15)
EVENT | This Thursday, WRAG kicks off its 2013 Brightest Minds series with former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. His talk with focus on why everyone should care about housing – especially pressing considering today’s headline. [Register here.]
EDUCATION | Prince George’s executive Rushern Baker’s plan to take over the school system received many positive reactions. However, the school board from which he would be taking control has now voiced its opposition. Chairman Verjeana M. Jacobs says (WaPo, 3/19):
“This is similar to the District of Columbia model, and we know how that’s turned out,” Jacobs said, suggesting that the matter be put to a referendum.
I’m not so sure that the effects of the District’s reforms are as clear as Jacobs suggests. Nor is D.C.’s experience necessarily indicative of how power structures would operate in another jurisdiction. Hopefully all parties involved remember that they are elected and paid solely to serve the needs of the county – ensuring the successful education of its children, for example.
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy interviewed Rep. David Reichert, who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, about his desire to protect charitable deductions. Arguments on the subject usually get reduced to very brief talking points, but Reichert goes a little deeper on his perspective. (Chronicle, 3/18)
- On the other hand: Senate Democrats Call for Limits on Charitable Deductions (Chronicle, 3/15)
LOCAL | I’m only including this because it’s so strange. The Post writes about a local man who took over a vacant Bethesda mansion and claimed it as his own. He did so because he claims sovereignty as a member of the “Moorish Nation.” Here’s what’s even stranger: this is apparently happening all over the country. Uh… (WaPo, 3/19)
FUN | The postscript is a bit heavy today, so check out Poland’s ideas for getting people to use libraries. So awesome! (Atlantic, 3/19)
Have you been following the Steubenville rape case? It’s hard to avoid, considering it’s a main headline in every media outlet. Local renaissance man Henry Rollins (punk rocker, poet, activist, journalist) has a very thoughtful perspective on the case – what it means at this moment in history, why it’s a complicated issue, who is responsible, and what can be done.
He drops an F-bomb, so fair warning if you’re sensitive to profanity. But his thinking gets to the core of a great many of the problems that we seek to solve in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. It’s worth a read.