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July 15, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Comprehensive study on housing needs across income levels uncovers critical needs

Today, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region released a first-of-its-kind report, “Housing Security in the Washington Region,” revealing the critical need for affordable housing across varying income levels in the Greater Washington region.  The landmark study is the first to comprehensively examine housing needs and how housing policies and programs are funded by public and philanthropic sectors in multiple jurisdictions. The study was commissioned with generous support from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and was researched and prepared by the Urban Institute and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. A companion guide for funders was developed with input from WRAG members Silvana Straw of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Jacqueline Prior of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Karen FitzGerald of The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Alison McWilliams of Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and David Bowers of Enterprise Community Partners. (CFNCR, 7/15)

Stable and affordable housing for people at all income levels is a goal that our region should be able to achieve. Without stable housing, it is difficult for people to obtain economic security, a quality education, good health and employment,” said Terri Lee Freeman, president of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. “We commissioned this study in order to quantify the needs for affordable housing and inform strategic investments by the philanthropic sector, as well as the public and private sectors.We are optimistic that the study can help leaders better address homelessness and housing issues in their communities and direct resources to those most in need. All people in our region deserve the chance to prosper as our region prospers.”

You can access the full report here.

Related: Today, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region will also hold a special briefing on the new study. The event will include two sessions – a public briefing on the study, followed by a private briefing for philanthropic funders and donors only co-sponsored by WRAG. Find out more here.

CSR │ WRAG’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Katy Moore, provides some thoughtful commentary on the Chronicle of Philanthropy‘s recent article on the state of corporate giving. (Daily, 7/15)

COMMUNITY │ Congratulations to Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation for being named a 2014 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy fellow. The Terrance Keenan Institute is a program of Grantmakers in Health that was created to nurture the next generation of heath grantmaking leaders and further their professional development.

EDUCATION │ In an effort to keep up with changing demographics and bridge the achievement gap, Montgomery County officials are clashing on proposed boundary changes to prevent further segregation in public schools. (WaPo, 7/14)

BUDGET D.C. Council Overrides Gray’s Budget Veto; Tax Cut Plan Approved (WAMU, 7/14)

TRANSIT │ With so much spotlight lately on cycling as a mode of commuting in the District, City Lab offers a revealing look at where low-income commuters stand in the discussion. (City Lab, 7/15)

DISTRICT │ Just how engaged are D.C.’s residents in civic activities? Take a look at six charts that break down data from a report conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship and Serve DC. (DCist, 7/14)

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