Guess how many new homes we need in our region.
George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis has released a new report on housing in the region. By 2032, the Greater Washington region is expected to add 857,334 new jobs. Where will the people taking these new jobs live? In tents, if we don’t pick up our construction pace.
City Paper’s Aaron Wiener takes a look at the report and says (CP, 12/19):
[The new jobs will] necessitate creating 548,298 new units of housing in the region, split about evenly between the next 10 years and the following 10 years.
Just how difficult will it be to build that much new housing? Well, let’s compare it to our recent housing construction. Since 1990, D.C. has issued an average of 1,169 housing permits per year. Between now and 2032, that figure will need to increase to 5,262 to meet demand. In other words, our housing construction over the next 20 years will need to be 350 percent greater than it is now.
Housing affordability is a big factor in this conversation. The report notes that more than a quarter of the projected new jobs will pay low wages.
Related: Here’s a report we released earlier this year about where families can currently afford to live in (and far out) of our region, based on income and transportation costs. (Daily, 4/30)
HOUSING | As we plan for meeting these housing challenges, we should probably avoid building tiny apartments. According to a new study, having cramped housing leads to bad psychological outcomes, particularly for low-income children. (Atlantic, 12/20)
Related: Well, we just happen to also have a report on the connection between housing and education outcomes for kids. (Daily, 12/9)
RACE | Last week, WRAG members met with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s vice president for program strategy, Dr. Gail Christopher, and president-elect, La June Montgomery Tabron, to talk about unconscious bias and how it affects philanthropy (Daily, 12/20):
According to Dr. Christopher, who heads the America Healing initiative at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this starts with an understanding that centuries of racial injustices created inequities that persist today. While the laws that sanctioned segregation are gone, racism continues to exist, often manifesting itself in subtle and often unconscious ways.
Related: WRAG President Tamara Copeland sat down with Dr. Christopher afterwards and asked her to summarize her most important points in two minutes. Check out the video here.
EQUITY | Speaking of unconscious bias, it turns out that Americans are really bad at estimating income inequality – but you’ll be surprised by the truth. (Atlantic, 12/20) Maybe that’s not unconscious bias, but it was an easy transition!
COMMUNITY | The Washington Area Women’s Foundation put together a great year-end look at the policies that most affected women in 2013. At the top of the list? SNAP cuts. Click through to see what else made the list. (WAWF, 12/20)
HEALTHCARE | Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline (WaPo, 12/20)
EDUCATION | Some colleges in region are hit particularly hard as enrollment falls (WaPo, 12/20)
– This is always an important time of year for fundraising. Early estimates show that year-end giving in 2013 has significantly increased for many charities. (Chronicle, 12/20)
– Holy cow. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has committed $1 billion to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. (Chronicle, 12/20) Ugh, I knew that I should have gone to Harvard and dropped out.
This is the last Daily of 2013! It’s been a fun year, folks. We’ll be back in action on January 2nd. Until then, all of us at WRAG wish you all the happiest of holidays.
But before signing off, I have to share a few things. First, a holiday tune that’s appropriate for our incoming heat wave. Second, a profile of the legendary John Goodman – complete with a picture of snow in his hair! Very seasonal.
And finally, one of the best scenes from The Muppets Christmas Carol! See you all in 2014!