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April 13, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Aging in place proves difficult when places need fixing

Despite being accepted into a program that rehabilitates the homes of low-income seniors in the District, many who prefer to age-in-place find remaining in their homes difficult as older buildings are falling apart around them. The program out of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development has left some feeling neglected. (WaPo, 4/12)

The program can mean fixing leaky roofs, upgrading wiring or installing wheelchair ramps, chair lifts or bathroom fixtures. Homeowners 62 and older can have the first $10,000 of a loan forgiven. Advocates point out that for some low-income residents, the program is more cost-efficient than moving to a retirement home, where expenses are often borne by taxpayers through Medicaid or other programs.

Yet, only a tiny portion of the program’s allocated budget was used last year. The D.C. Council, citing the program’s importance, has increased its budget tenfold to $8 million. The program used only $800,000.

BUDGETS | This week, we’ll bring you commentary from fiscal policy experts on the recently-released FY 2016 federal and state budgets for D.C., Virginia (and soon, Maryland). Today, Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, gives his analysis of the 2016 federal budget. (WaPo, 4/13 and Daily, 4/13)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Fight Over Barry Farm Highlights Fears About Public Housing Redevelopment (WAMU, 4/10)

HEALTH | The growing prevalence of diabetes diagnoses across the U.S. has reached alarming levels. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arlington County is one of only 10 counties in the country that had a decrease in diabetes cases between the years 2004 and 2012. (WaPo, 4/13)

– The Center for Effective Philanthropy has released a new report on the ways in which nonprofits assess performance and what they need from funders to support those endeavors. (CEP, 4/2015)

How Family Foundations Can Pass on the Philanthropy Flame to the Next Generation (WSJ, 4/12)

HOMELESSNESS | D.C. Claims Huge Progress Moving Families Into Housing (WCP, 4/10)

– Many schools in the District are shown to have inadequate libraries, particularly charter schools. In a pilot program, some public schools are partnering with D.C. Public Libraries to increase access to books for District children. (WaPo, 4/12)

– The District is focusing in on expanding the quality of childcare for children from low-income families in the pivotal developmental years before the age of three. (GGW, 4/9)

What if people spoke to each other in real life like they do in emails?

– Ciara

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