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June 13, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

D.C. holds the highest concentration of housing voucher recipients in the region

A new report from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University shows that D.C. has the highest concentration of housing voucher recipients in the region. It should also come as no surprise that the most highly concentrated areas are located in clusters east of the Anacostia River as city officials struggle to come to a consensus on how to de-concentrate poverty. (WCP, 6/12)

Within D.C., there are also tremendous geographical disparities. The four census tracts with the highest concentration of voucher recipients are all east of the Anacostia River, as are eight of the top 10, even though less than a quarter of the city’s population lives there. The tracts with the highest concentrations are in Washington Highlands (Ward 8), Fort Davis (Ward 7), Douglass (Ward 8), and Lincoln Heights (Ward 7).

Related: Last week, WRAG, along with Citi Community Development, Enterprise Community Partners, Leadership Greater Washington, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, hosted a discussion of regional leaders regarding the issue of housing, its affordability, and its impact on the future economic growth and quality of life of our region. This was the first step in an effort to coordinate across sectors to solve the region’s housing affordability issue.

– WRAG recently endorsed the DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s (DCFPI) community report, Helping Families Home: A Roadmap for the District. This “roadmap” is a guide for DC government to use “from now until next spring to put DC on a path to a system that serves families appropriately with the goal of quickly connecting families with the right services, including emergency shelter if needed, when they need it, regardless of the time of year.” Additionally, the roadmap provides 10 overarching goals (some of which are already in progress) to help the city make major improvements to its homelessness system so there is not a repeat of this past winter’s family homelessness crisis, strengthen the Rapid Re-housing program, and further invest in affordable housing to avoid shortages. (DCFPI, 4/30)

HEALTH As many Virginia residents are struggling to afford dental care, one Alexandria dentist has kept his open-door policy for thirty-seven years. (WaPo, 6/12)

AGING │ A study out of Georgetown University reveals that despite a great desire to age-in-place and remain connected to technology, many baby boomers have not made plans for remodeling or incorporating the technology into their homes. Although appliances that automatically shut off and remote controls to manage the whole house sounded great, one in three respondents said they could not afford to make such upgrades to their homes. (WBJ, 6/12)

SIBs Eight Sobering Thoughts for Social Impact Bond Supporters (NPQ, 6/12)

Related: Earlier this year, WRAG invited David Abbott, CEO of the Gund Foundation to speak with WRAG CEOs about why this foundation is using the tool of social impact bonds to invest in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Here’s a summary of that gathering.

WORKFORCE │ On the heels of the White House’s first ever Summit on Working Dads, and a recent influx of national dialogue regarding the issue, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation is holding an open roundtable on the state of paternity leave in the U.S. Participants can listen to the staff discussion and then leave their own comments here.(WAWF, 6/6)

ARTS │ After remaining vacant for a year, the position of National Endowment for the Arts chairman will be filled by Janet Chu.  Prior to being nominated by President Obama and being confirmed by the Senate, Chu served as president and CEO of a performing arts center in Kansas City. (WaPo, 6/12)

Do you agree with this list of “coolest cities” in the U.S.? I think Cleveland deserved a few more votes…Did I mention I’m from Cleveland?


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