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November 11, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Happy veterans day!

Happy Veterans Day to the brave men and women who have served, or are currently serving, our country. Be sure to take a look at our latest installment of What Funders Need to Know on post-9/11 veterans.

VETERANS
The AARP Foundation writes why housing continues to be an area of vulnerability for many of our veterans in the U.S. (AARP, 11/7)

Housing is an area where veterans often are particularly vulnerable. Approximately 4 million veterans live in unaffordable housing, and it tends to be disabled veterans who are the most burdened by their housing costs. This is a significant problem given that 14 percent of all veterans have a service-related disability. A disability can make it much more difficult to find housing that meets the veteran’s needs, and this type of housing often comes with a substantial price tag. Additionally, many veterans are also at risk of homelessness. Unfortunately, veterans are overrepresented in the homeless population: Veterans represent 9.5 percent of the adult population nationwide, but they constitute 16 percent of homeless adults.

Youngest veterans struggle most with unemployment, data shows (WaPo, 11/11)

FOOD
– Yesterday, we ran an op-ed calling for the president to develop a national food policy to align incentives for better health and economic development in our country’s food system. Here’s an example from our own backyard of how a local program is doing just that and informing national food policy. (NPR, 11/10)

Three new grocery stores have recently popped up in some of the District’s underserved neighborhoods as part of new mixed-use development. (WBJ, 11/7)

EDUCATION
Opinion: Helping children from low-income families succeed in class (WaPo, 10/31) Thank you, Rick Moyers from the Meyer Foundation, for sending this in.

– The Department of Education is urging states to develop plans by next June for how they will ensure that public schools are in compliance with federal law requiring equal access to high-quality teachers. Legislation requires that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers.” (NYT, 11/10)

ARTS/HOMELESSNESS | Some homeless and disabled artists in five cities, including D.C., are selling their works through a duo of brokers on a new website. Many of the artists have been able to re-establish themselves and obtain housing from the sale of their works. (Co.Exist, 11/4)

COMMUNITY
Open Society Foundations,through a grant of $50 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, are leading criminal justice reform efforts. (Open Society, 11/7)

– A 2009 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar recently had his own foundation profiled in a New York Times article. (JKCF, 11/10)


Here’s what is thought to be the very first photograph of a human being. You may need to squint and tilt your head a bit. 

– Ciara 

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