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May 18, 2015 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

D.C.’s new housing chief discusses homelessness strategy

Family homelessness has persisted as a major issue in the District. Washington City Paper recently sat down with Polly Donaldson, newly appointed head of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to discuss how the agency plans to take a leading role in housing the homeless (WCP, 5/15):

[…] Polly Donaldson, tapped to head the Department of Housing and Community Development, most recently led the nonprofit Transitional Housing Corporation, which provides housing and services to hundreds of homeless families each year.

DHCD isn’t directly responsible for serving homeless residents. But with its affordable-housing duties and Donaldson’s homeless-services background, the agency is clearly orienting itself toward tackling the homeless crisis.


“The only way out of a shelter-based system that says shelter is where you’re going to be, is to create other housing opportunities. And we’ve got to be part of the solution.”

– DC Fiscal Policy Institute points to Medicaid as one way to boost permanent supportive housing in the District. (DCFPI, 5/15)

FOOD | Low-income neighborhoods across America are often home to food desserts. Though many stores that offer healthy foods struggle to stay open in hard-hit communities, some stores have found that a more inclusive approach has helped them stay afloat. (NPR, 5/14)

ENVIRONMENT | Could a new FBI headquarters in Greenbelt actually help the Anacostia River? (WaPo, 5/14)

EDUCATION | The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped (City Lab, 5/14)

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