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February 16, 2016 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Mixed reactions to new homeless shelter sites in D.C.

In D.C., residents react to Mayor Bowser’s newly-released plans for homeless shelter sites across the city. (WaPo, 2/15)

Despite widespread public support for closing [D.C. General], Bowser last week incited palpable opposition among those who would be neighbors of the smaller replacement shelters. She says residents may tinker with aesthetics and landscaping, but not the locations.

Some residents have filed public-records requests to force the mayor’s administration to release e-mails and documents about how her team selected the sites — first steps, they said, to what could become lawsuits and protracted battles.

A Case for Homeless Shelter Networks as Basic Infrastructure (City Lab, 2/12)

DISTRICT/POVERTY | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) explores why the District should reconsider the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) time limit that may go into effect later this year, even as research shows that increasing a family’s income by just a small margin does much to improve a child’s outcomes. (DCFPI, 2/11)

Related: On Wednesday, February 17 at 9:00 am, WRAG and DCFPI will host a funder briefing on the impact of the proposed TANF changes on families in the District. Panelists include Samantha Davis of So Others Might Eat, LaDonna Pavetti of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Kimberly Waller of the Children’s Law Center. This event is open only to WRAG members.

– Trista Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, shares her three-step process for philanthropic leaders to better prepare for the future of our communities. (CEP, 2/11)

– What makes a relationship between a funder and the funded just…work? Here’s a look at how CoBank and DC Central Kitchen have formed a powerful partnership. (BisNow, 2/11)

Lincoln Memorial, nearing 100, to get multi-million dollar overhaul (WaPo, 2/15)

– You can read about Pyramid Atlantic’s move from Silver Spring to Hyattsville here. (WAMU, 2/11)

The Connection Between the Arts and Neighborhood Diversity (City Lab, 2/11)

HOUSING | Recently-released data from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office finds that low-income neighborhoods with more new housing construction see half as much displacement than low-income neighborhoods that have not added as much new private construction. The idea is that all of the current luxury housing supply will eventually add to a more affordable supply – something that will take years to happen. (WaPo, 2/12)

If you must participate in a Facebook argument and care at all about winning that argument, you must be willing to learn the science behind doing so.

– Ciara

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