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December 15, 2016 / WRAG

D.C.’s homeless rate is high but so are the number of people sheltered

HOMELESSNESS | D.C. leads 32 cities in the rate of homelessness, according to a new report by the United States Conference of Mayors. The report measured the rate of homelessness and hunger and found that for every 10,000 people in D.C., 124 were experiencing homelessness. The study also found that more than 96 percent of the homeless population have been sheltered. (WAMU, 12/14)

Over half of D.C.’s homeless population — 54 percent — identifies as male. Another 45.5 percent identifies as female while 0.5 percent identifies as transgender. Family homeless, which has been on the rise in recent years, accounts for nearly 56 percent of the District’s homeless population. The number of homeless families rose by more than a third in the past year.

While some cities have seen a significant increase in the number of children and youth experiencing homelessness without a parent or guardian, D.C. is not one of them. The District reported the lowest rates of homelessness among unaccompanied children and youth, at 2.5 percent.

-The region is working on sheltering the homeless as cold winds arrive. (WaPo, 12/14)

HOUSING | Why it’s hard to build affordable housing (GGW, 12/14)

MENTAL HEALTH | Virginia Governor McAuliffe wants to improve behavioral health services in the state. (WaPo, 12/14)

INCOME INEQUITY | A new map shows the wealth divide in D.C. and other cities in the U.S. (Citylab, 12/13)

EDUCATION | A new report found the federal Head Start program unequal, and saw that only a small percentage of the children most in need of the program are participating in it. (WaPo, 12/14)

REGION | Economist Stephen Fuller will retire from the Center for Regional Analysis in January and will begin leading the Stephen S. Fuller Institute for Research on the Washington Region’s Future Economy. (WBJ, 12/15)

JUSTICEThe Link Between Race and Solitary Confinement (Atlantic, 12/5)

NONPROFITS | The University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute (WRAG’s partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program) has launched the Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program, a professional development initiative for students who want a career in the nonprofit field. Interested applicants must apply for the MPP program by January 17, 2017. More information is available here

‘Roger Rabbit’ and the ‘Lion King’ are among other movies being added to the National Film Registry this year. 


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