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August 8, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Halfway to affordable housing goal in D.C.

According to officials, Mayor Gray’s goal of building and restoring 10,000 affordable housing units by 2020 is halfway complete. There has been $100 million committed toward the goal. (WaPo, 8/7)

With fewer than four months remaining in office, Gray’s staff says the mayor is already more than halfway to the 10,000 goal, with 5,938 units built or under construction. They tally a pipeline of another 5,861 units he would like to see built or preserved.

– In D.C., there are 1,133 homeless individuals for every 100,000 people, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (WaPo, 8/8)

Opinion: In Our Backyard: Beyond Closing D.C. General, Time for Real Change (TalkPoverty, 8/7)

AGING │ The Federal Reserve Board released a new report that reveals one in five people near retirement age have no money saved. Data indicated that 45 percent of survey takers plan to rely primarily on Social Security. (WaPo, 8/7)

– Following up on the recent report that examines how the region’s low-income workers are faring, titled, Bursting the Bubble: The Challenges of Living and Working in the National Capital Region, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is holding a briefing for funders. The event will take place on Wednesday, August, 20th, at 12 pm and includes a panel of experts. Funders can register for the event and find out more here.

– 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 at 10:30 am, 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.

YOUTH Opinion: Amid unprecedented prosperity, D.C.’s children grow poorer (WaPo, 8/7)

ARTS An organization selling art made by incarcerated people has set up shop in Georgetown and other satellite locations in the District, and is drawing ire from some residents in the neighborhood. Though the organization is legally able to vend on the sidewalk and inform the public about prison reform, they have been met with resistance. (WCP, 8/7)

PHILANTHROPY │ Are foundations skipping out on a potentially powerful partnership? Some funders are building relationships with start up companies in an effort to expand their reach in an innovative way. (1776dc, 8/6)

Related: Speaking of innovative approaches, the Community Wealth Building Initiative (CWBI) is intended to create a new dynamic in our region – lower income people becoming business owners and a part of the entrepreneurial class. WRAG members are invited to join us on Monday, August 18th at 10:30 am for a briefing to learn how you can be part of this effort now and help to spread the model across the region.

Ready for your big break? You may be able to get on camera this weekend.


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