- Opinion: In her latest column, Petula Devorak writes that affordable housing has to be the answer to rising homelessness. She also points out that back in 2004, then-Mayor Williams issued a 10-year plan that was supposed to end homelessness in the District. (WaPo, 2/11)
- Elevation DC looks at how residents in affordable apartment buildings have successfully organized to form co-ops to prevent their apartments from being sold out from under them. (Elevation DC, 2/11)
- The Park Morton housing development in northwest DC, part of the New Communities initiative, is so delayed that the city is firing the developers. (WaPo, 2/11)
Event: We’re really excited for tomorrow’s event focusing on how foundations can use impact investing to support affordable housing – even if housing isn’t part of their portfolio. There’s still space available for funders. More information here.
VETERANS/HOMELESSNESS | As D.C. Struggles To House Homeless, Veterans Program Is Bright Spot (WAMU, 2/11)
RACE/BIAS | A fascinating study found that the perception of a person’s race changes based on their life circumstances, suggesting that the perception of race is driven by racial stereotypes. (NPR, 2/11)
Related: Back in December, Dr. Gail Christopher from the Kellogg Foundation spoke to WRAG members about the societal impacts of unconscious bias. (Daily, 12/20)
- White House delays health insurance mandate for medium-sized employers until 2016 (WaPo, 2/11)
- Maryland state officials are considering switching systems to run their health insurance exchange. Theirs is one of the state-run exchanges with the worst performance since the October 1 launch. (WaPo, 2/11)
EDUCATION | Students at Prince George’s school learn in single-gender classrooms (WaPo, 2/11)
PHILANTHROPY | Some large nonprofit institutions are concerned about the popularity of crowdfunding among young donors, as people increasingly donate directly to individuals in need or to new projects, thereby avoiding what some perceive to be the excessive bureaucracy of large organizations. (NY Times, 2/7)
“A very simplistic project can be great, but if it becomes the sole means people give, we’re going to end up addressing a much narrower set of social problems,” said Ken Berger, president of Charity Navigator, which monitors nonprofits. “Take homelessness. It’s not a simple story. We can’t only focus on one aspect like job training or affordable housing.”
The question will be if…most donors are willing to give to both traditional charities and crowdfunding. “We need traditional charities such as museums and universities because they are essential to our society,” she said, “but we also need to support people outside the mainstream.”
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TRANSIT | Despite The Streetcar, D.C. Plans To Replace H Street Bridge (WAMU, 2/11) Sigh.
The biggest news story on every single local news outlet that I checked this morning was that 50 years ago today some band with a dumb name played a concert in D.C. They had funny haircuts, but I guess some of their songs were kind of catchy.