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March 5, 2013 / Christian Clansky

Kim Perry to lead DC Vote…Fairfax works to identify and house the homeless…D.C. delays cuts to welfare [News, 3.5.13]

EDUCATION | The District offers a lot of school options to parents. But the amount of time and effort that parents need to invest to diligently study these options is quite unreasonable. Greater Greater Washington suggests ways in which data that the city collects could help ease the process considerably. (GGW, 3/4)

Related: How D.C.’s Public Schools Are Wooing New Families (Atlantic, 3/4) What, no flowers? No chocolate? No Hong Kong action director!?

HOUSING | In 2008, Fairfax County announced a ten year plan to completely end homelessness. As part of the effort, volunteers work in teams to locate and identify homeless individuals and prioritize their eligibility for a new campaign called 100,000 Homes (WaPo, 3/5):

What sets 100,000 Homes apart, its advocates say, is an approach that offers permanent housing first, not last, bolstered by supportive services. Rather than imposing conditions on housing such as sobriety or employment, the campaign’s model quickly provides a stable place to live, not just a shelter bed. Then it encourages recipients to make their own choices to get jobs or treatment.

WELFARE | The District had planned to scale back welfare payments to long-term recipients in an effort to encourage self-sufficiency. Those plans are expected to be delayed by the D.C. Council to allow more time to assess the effects of such cuts. (WaPo, 3/5)

GIVING | Lucy Bernholz looks at a program in Boston that (kind of) allows you to donate to the homeless via credit card. It’s not as technologically innovative as it sounds, but Bernholz points out that the program has the advantage of being “super local.” (Philanthropy 2173, 3/4)

PHILANTHROPY | At a D.C. Council oversight hearing on the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation yesterday, Trust Chairman Robert Bobb and Councilmember Jim Graham agreed to examine the organization’s governing structure. The hearing also discussed the audit from the period when disgraced Harry Thomas Jr. stole from the Trust. (Examiner, 3/5)

Related: In February, Susie Cambria released a Trust-commissioned report on the steep decline of out-of-school time funding in the District between 2009 and 2012.

– The Board of Directors of DC Vote has announced that Kim Perry will serve as its new executive director. Kim worked for WRAG last year as the coordinator of our Convergence Partnership. She’ll be an awesome addition to DC Vote. Congratulations, Kim!

– Last week, Urban Alliance announced two additions to their senior leadership. Eshauna Smith will serve as the new president and Jose Sousa will be the new chief administrative officer. Congratulations to both!

TRANSIT | Our region has one of the “highest levels of extreme commutes” in the country. Which means time, not hang gliding to the office. (WaPo, 3/5)

Related: What’s our vision for a next generation of transit? (GGW, 3/5)

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