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June 13, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A new guidebook for increasing housing affordability in the Greater Washington region

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY | The Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington (HLG) just released A Guidebook for Increasing Housing Affordability in the Greater Washington Region. It is a compilation of planning and policy tools that local governments, nonprofit and for-profit developers, and advocacy groups in the Greater Washington region are using—or could be using—to promote the production and preservation of housing that is affordable for all in the region. WRAG, along with Citi Community Development, Enterprise Community Partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, is a co-convener of the Housing Leaders Group.

Diana Meyer, community development state director at Citi, says, “This is a great resource for anyone interested in increasing housing affordability in our region and how to start to make it happen. It highlights the many local jurisdictions that are using these strategies already.”

ARTS/CRIMINAL JUSTICE | An art collector sold a $150 million painting to create a fund, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, to support criminal justice reform and reduce mass incarceration in the US. (NYT, 6/11)

MENTAL HEALTH
– DC area mental health providers weigh in on the barriers communities of color face when trying to access mental health services in the District. (CHF Blog, 6/7)

– Virginia’s top behavioral health official outlines looming mental health challenges (Richmond Times, 6/12)

BUSINESS | As a part of the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital (DCC) program, it has granted Latino Economic Development Center $300,000 to support small business owners in DC and Baltimore. (Wells Fargo, 6/13)

WORKFORCE | Two local nonprofits focused on providing job opportunities for people with disabilities are merging. (WBJ, 6/12)

DIVERSITY | Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and CEOs from other companies have committed to bringing diversity and inclusion to their workplaces. (NYT, 6/12)

EDUCATION | To reduce academic failure due to suspensions, a new Virginia law encourages the state board of education to establish alternative actions to misbehavior. (InsideNOVA, 6/13)

IMMIGRATION | In this Northern Virginia community, the police force cooperates with ICE. (WAMU, 6/12)

ENVIRONMENT | The Justice Department no longer wants funds won in settlements with companies to be given to nonprofit organizations. (NYT, 6/9)


Congrats to the Golden State Warriors! (I guess)

– Kendra

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