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February 2, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Arlington uses innovative approach to house chronically homeless

HOMELESSNESS
– Arlington’s no-silo method to housing the county’s homeless population has proven to be successful for a number of formerly chronically homeless adults. Agencies have been working together to tailor services to each individual in need (WaPo, 1/31):

Arlington has a master spreadsheet that lists homeless individuals by name, drawing from an annual survey of people living on the streets and carefully cultivated contacts at food distribution sites, shelters and other places where the vulnerable gather. The spreadsheet includes whether the people want housing, what health problems they have, their income sources and anything that might help or hinder their search for a home.

Once a month, there is a meeting of a task force that includes advocates and specialists in physical and mental health, as well as county social service workers. One person takes responsibility for each name on the spreadsheet. They go line by line, brainstorming about which public and private treatment programs and funding can be tapped to help each homeless person.

Bowser administration says D.C. ‘operating in crisis mode’ on homeless issue (WaPo, 1/30)

– The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute has recommendations for what the city can begin doing now to tackle to the homeless crisis. (DCFPI, 2/2)

RACIAL EQUITY
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland shares her vision for moving toward racial justice in the U.S. (Daily, 2/2)

– The Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s Social Innovation Accelerator has launched a national (and local in Detroit) search for 2015-16 Black Male Achievement Innovators – leaders whose organization exemplifies the pursuit of high performance that leads to tangible results in improving the life outcomes of black men and boys and who has the passion and potential to increase his/her local and national leadership. To learn more and to nominate a leader for the next cohort of innovators, click here.

– A recent study out of the University of South Carolina and Michigan State University finds that black and Hispanic boys who have committed crimes are more likely to have been placed in a correctional facility than their white counterparts who had committed more crimes. Data from the Department of Justice further supports that disparities exists (WaPo, 1/30):

Although the overall number of cases in juvenile court has declined sharply since 2008, blacks still account for a third of cases in juvenile court, far more than their share of the population.

COMMUNITY/HIV/AIDS | Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) and Whitman-Walker Health (WWH) have announced the start of a new strategic collaboration to provide HIV and other health and wellness programs and services to young people and their families as MTA will become part of WWH. MTA’s programs and services will continue to operate out of the existing MTA site in Southeast Washington.

Executive director of the Washington AIDS Partnership, Channing Wickham, had this to say of the new partnership (WWH, 2/2):

“From our position as one of the region’s leading funders of HIV/AIDS services, the direction being set by MTA and WWH is a smart and proactive move that will benefit the entire community. We also believe that the Washington AIDS Partnership’s investment in MTA’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth Health Innovation Lab will only be enhanced by the partnership with WWH, the city’s leader in LGBT health care.”

POVERTY True or False: Free and Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor (NPR, 1/30)

ECONOMY | According to data from the Census Bureau, when adjusted for inflation, the average millennial’s median income is about $2,000 less than that of their parents in 1980. Another big sign of the times – in 1980, the average young worker in Detroit or Flint, Michigan earned more than they would have in San Francisco or San Jose, California. (Atlantic, 1/31)


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