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October 29, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Reshaping greater Landover

The former site of the low-income housing complex, Glenarden Apartments, will soon become a community for mixed-income housing and market-value townhomes. Officials hope the new project will usher in additional development and retail in the greater Landover area that has been plagued by drugs and violence over the years. (WaPo, 10/28)

In spring 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ended its Section 8 contract with the property’s owner.


Two developers are bidding for the project and are expected to file their proposals in December, officials said. The county is slated to select a developer in February. Construction could begin in early 2016.

Federal and county rules require the new development to have at least 100 units for low-and moderate-income seniors; 140 apartments for other low- to moderate-income residents; and 65 townhouses that will be sold to low- and moderate-income residents.

Opinion: Is “urban renewal” just a nice way of saying “urban removal?” In the Barry Farm neighborhood of ward 8, many residents think so. (WaPo, 10/28)

D.C. Council passes weakened affordable housing law; tempers flare before election (WaPo, 10/28)

A recent national survey has ranked D.C. second in the country (and first in the Northeast) in providing quality afterschool programs. Congratulations to the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (the Trust), the largest funder for afterschool programs in the District, who will be celebrating their 15th anniversary this week! You can find the full rankings here.

I was delighted to learn of this national recognition, confirming that the District of Columbia is providing a valuable service to many families,” said Mayor [Vincent C.] Gray. “I want to thank the Trust and its Executive Director Ed Davies for being a good partner in our efforts to help children to continue learning after the school bells ring for the day.

Four Ways to Help Kids Live in Better Neighborhoods – Without Congressional Action (Talk Poverty, 10/28)

– Check out how IBM has found a unique way to join in the fight against Ebola. (Yahoo, 10/27)

– The Environmental Grantmakers Association will hold an agency meeting on Friday, October 31st  at 8:30 AM in D.C., as part of Exponent Philanthropy’s 2014 National Conference. The meeting seeks to engage funders in an exchange of ideas about pressing environmental issues with key policy makers, and strategize on ways to better connect on shared missions. Find out more here.

SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS | ‘Social Impact Bonds’ Tap Private Money for Public Health (Pew Charitable Trust, 10/29)

There’s still time to hold a kitten today.

– Ciara

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