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November 7, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Friday roundup – Nov. 3 through Nov. 7, 2014

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
The District has housed one-third of the homeless veterans in the city, putting D.C. closer to the goal of housing all homeless veterans by the end of 2015. Officials plan to break ground on more housing units next week. (DCist, 11/6)

The Veterans NOW initiative — a collaboration between service providers, community leaders, and government agencies, both local and federal — officially launched in February of this year, with approximately 531 veterans placed in permanent housing between August 2013 and August 2014. (More recent numbers were not immediately available.)

That is roughly one third of the estimated 1,625 homeless veterans (500 chronically, 1,125 non-chronically) that needed housing as of August 2013. That’s more than one placement per day. The 2014 point-in-time count put the number of homeless veterans in D.C. at 408.

In other news related to homelessness this week, as the colder months fall upon us, D.C. officials continue to look for temporary housing solutions for the estimated 840 families seeking shelter this winter. (DCist, 10/31) The Gray administration is also currently seeking out motels to be used as emergency shelters. (WaPo, 11/6)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded a total of $50,000 to five nonprofit organizations through its Loudoun Impact Fund, with grants from $4,000 to $25,000 each, to support programs serving children and youth through age 18 in Loudoun.  This is the second grant cycle of the Loudoun Impact Fund, dedicated to supporting organizations in Loudoun County, and brings the Fund’s total grants to date to $100,000.

THIS WEEK IN THE WORKFORCE
Arlington joined jurisdictions in the region like Alexandria, D.C. and Montgomery County in banning questions about criminal convictions on county applications for jobs unrelated to public safety. (WaPo, 11/3)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Arlington County Schools and Falls Church City Schools made a list of the 100 Best School Districts in America. (WJLA, 11/6)

THIS WEEK IN CSR
The inaugural class of the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility celebrated graduation by giving us a glimpse into their exciting year. (Daily, 11/3)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Healthy Communities Working Group: November Meeting (WRAG members)
Monday, November 10, 2014  12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Children Fleeing Violence in Central America: How Will Our Region Respond (WRAG members and invited guests)
Thursday, November 13, 2014  9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


It may be okay to wait until the last minute to buy gifts online this holiday season. The U.S. Postal Service will ship on Sundays.

– Ciara

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