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July 10, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

The push to avoid another winter crisis

Last winter’s homeless crisis in D.C.- where there was an extreme shortage in shelter – left many searching for solutions in order to avoid a repeat in the future. According to reports, Mayor Vincent Gray’s plan to house 500 homeless families in subsidized units has fallen short of the goal. The concern may simply be a result of semantics, however, according to officials: (WaPo. 7/9)

As of early this week, 187 families had moved into apartments, and officials said they were confident they would reach the 200 mark by Friday, the end of Gray’s 100-day campaign.


Beatriz “B.B.” Otero, Gray’s deputy mayor for health and human services, said Wednesday that it was the department’s intention all along merely to identify 500 units — not to move all of the families that quickly. By that lower bar, she claimed a grade of “nearly an ‘A’ ” because the city has found 459 available units.

– The AARP Foundation and the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University will host an event, Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population, to coincide with the upcoming release of their new report. The event, on September 2nd, will feature a luncheon keynote from Henry Cisneros, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and a solutions-focused panel discussion with housing policy leaders and innovators. Find out more here.

Related: Henry Cisneros spoke to the WRAG community last year about why everyone – not just traditional housing funders – should care about affordable housing. We covered his talk in the Daily here and here.

Section 8 recipients of the Museum Square Apartments in Mount Vernon Triangle face a dilemma as the property owner makes them an offer most have no choice but to refuse. (City Paper, 7/9)

Senate Confirms Julian Castro as Housing Secretary (NPR, 7/9)

Critics of D.C. education policies question test score gains (WaPo, 7/10)

– Researchers from the Center on Reinventing Public Education surveyed 4,000 parents in eight cities, including D.C., to identify ways to make school choice a more streamlined process.(CRPE, 7/2014)

YOUTH  Advocates for child victims of sex trafficking will speak to a committee today regarding the use of comprehensive services as a means to recovery instead of arrests. (DCist, 7/10)

TRANSIT  Ward 8 to Get First Bike Lanes This Summer (WAMU, 7/10)

Is there a D.C. dialect? Absolutely!


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