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June 9, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Housing tops reason for moving out of the District

HOUSING
New data from the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer examines why people opt to move in and out of the District. For many, the choice to leave comes directly down to housing (WSJ, 6/9):

Between 2000 and 2014, about 165,500 people moved into the District either because of a new job or a job transfer. Attending college and wanting an easier commute are also top reasons for moving into the District.

By contrast, nearly 494,000 people moved out of the District between 2000 and 2014 for housing reasons, like better housing or a better neighborhood, to buy a home, or for cheaper housing expenses.

Of those who moved out of the District between 2000 and 2014, 42 percent moved to Maryland or Virginia.

– In many areas, Housing Choice Vouchers – meant, in part, to break up concentrations of poverty and create more mixed-income neighborhoods – have yet to diversify neighborhoods as intended. (Atlantic, 6/8)

Popped: D.C. Restricts Pop-Ups, Condo Conversions In Residential Neighborhoods (WAMU, 6/9)

COMMUNITY/CSR | Congratulations to WRAG members Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, and Kaiser Permanente for being named finalists in this year’s Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards in the category of Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business). Booz Allen Hamilton took home the honor at last week’s ceremony.

AGING/LGBT | Many LGBT seniors face uncertainty over housing when it comes to finding safe, supportive options. Soon, a nonprofit in D.C. will provide just that with a new development. Very few like it exist in the country. (Elevation, 6/8)

RACIAL EQUITY 
Opinion: With no shortage of shocking new data in the media about the plight of black families in America, one long-running narrative is that black fathers are more than likely absent from the lives of their children. In this op-ed, one writer seeks to break down the common rhetoric with a different take on the numbers. (NYT, 6/8)

How to Tell a Lie With Numbers: Racial Mythologies (NPQ, 6/8)

PHILANTHROPY/NONPROFITS | After launching an initiative that sought to shift relationships between foundations and nonprofits, The Chronicle of Philanthropy shares some of the challenges involved in that project, and provides recommendations for each group to undertake in order to further improve communications. (Chronicle, 6/8)

MARYLAND | Montgomery County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Point in Seven Years (Bethesda Beat, 5/8)


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– Ciara

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