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July 3, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Six potential solutions for affordable housing

A study released by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, along with the Hogan Lovells law firm, combines research from current initiatives, interviews with housing experts and information from legal cases to offer six potential solutions to the affordable housing crisis facing our region. The research team seeks to tackle an important civil rights priority. (WaPo, 7/2)

[…] half of renters in the District face “severe housing burdens,” defined by the federal government as spending more than a third of income on housing. In Alexandria, the number of affordable units diminished to 6,416 in 2011, compared with 18,128 in 2000. Arlington has seen a 47 percent jump in rent prices. Prince George’s has opted not to pursue much more affordable housing in a county in which poverty rates are rising. And planning estimates suggest Montgomery will need more at least 33,000 units by 2022 for families making less than six figures.

– With so much discussion lately over “pop-ups” many are beginning to question if the debate is really about creating more housing, or maintaining aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods. (City Lab, 7/2)

HEALTHCARE │ This map provides a glimpse at how health insurance sign-up rates varied from county to county in the region. (WaPo, 7/3)

WORKFORCE │ The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region offers a look at some of the major gains their Workforce Development Collaborative has recently made on workforce policy in the area. (CFNCR, 7/2)

HOMELESSNESS │ The D.C. General homeless shelter will get a playground after being met with several delays and roadblocks. (DCist, 7/2)

COMMUNITY │ Don’t forget to set your DVR on Sunday to catch WRAG’s Tamara Copeland, Pat Mathews of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, and David Bowers of Enterprise Community Partners as they sit down with Washington Business Report, a weekly show on ABC 7/WJLA to discuss the business of philanthropy. The show airs Sunday, July 6th at 9:00 AM!

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