BUDGETS | Community activists want D.C.’s $240 million surplus to go toward programs to support homeless youth and affordable housing, but the officials say the funds may have to go toward replenishing the city’s reserves. (WAMU, 2/3)
HOUSING | The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (WaPo, 2/2)
Related: Last fall, 8 Neighbors released a report looking at Fannie and Freddie’s philanthropy and the impact that their closure will have on the region.
COMMUNITY | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region‘s Terri Freeman published a response yesterday to Pablo Eisenberg’s controversial op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. (CFNCR, 2/2)
Related: Christian wrote a response to Eisenberg’s piece last week. (WG Daily, 1/26)
PHILANTHROPY/HEALTH | After a huge backlash, it looks like the Susan G. Komen Foundation has reversed its decision about ending its funding to Planned Parenthood. (WaPo, 2/3)
- An impact study commissioned by the D.C. Office of Planning shows that the planned street car system will spur new development, increase property values by $10 to $15 billion, bring in well over $200 million in new tax revenue per year, create thousands of jobs, draw thousands of new residents,
and cure cancer. (Greater Greater Washington, 2/1)
- Metro: Red line track work will take 3 more years (Examiner, 2/2)
- Prince George’s County is considering a 5 cent fee on plastic bags to help reduce pollution in the Anacostia River. (Baltimore Sun, 2/2)
- Embassies Go Green In Partnership With D.C. (WAMU, 2/3)
NONPROFITS | D.C. domestic violence agency WEAVE to close, leaving clients scrambling (WaPo, 2/2)
JOBS | The unemployment rate has dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest it has been in three years. (WaPo, 2/3). I am getting really tired of qualifying that every month with a reminder that the number of long-term unemployed people hasn’t really changed.
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