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August 10, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Supporting foster children that have aged out of the system

YOUTH/ HOUSING | According to a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments report on foster care, almost 250 youth aged out of the system in DC last year. While the region and government are working to provide support beyond stable housing for youth in this position, this District nonprofit is helping young mothers transitioning out of foster care. (WAMU, 8/9)

“Without permanent support, you’re more likely to see adverse outcomes like early parenting, challenges with supportive housing, involvement with the criminal justice system, and mental health issues,” said Surina Amin, child welfare program manager at the Council of Governments.

She noted that foster children are especially at risk in an era when high housing costs have created a “boomerang generation.”

“We’re seeing a prolonged transition into adulthood. We’re seeing more youth coming back and living with their parents, and financially and economically relying on family members,” she said.

PUBLIC SAFETY
– On the anniversary of the deadly Silver Spring, MD apartment fire, survivors are still dealing with the fallout. (WaPo, 8/9)

– D.C. police officer will not face criminal charges in 2016 fatal shooting of unarmed motorcyclist (WaPo, 8/9)

HIV/AIDS | Congress has revamped a federal program that provides housing assistance for people living with HIV. This has left a few states, and the District with less funding. (KHN, 8/7)

Channing Wickam, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership, said, “Stable and affordable housing is an essential element when it comes to managing HIV. The right approach is sufficient funding for all impacted jurisdictions, not cutting some in favor of others.”

HEALTH | There’s a growing movement to increase access to menstrual products for women, especially those in prison or experiencing homelessness. (Richmond Times, 8/7)

PHILANTHROPY | Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, discusses the importance of boundaries when grant makers partner with businesses. (Chronicle, 8/9 – Subscription needed)

BUSINESSHair Salons Are Still Segregated. This DC Woman Opened a Salon and Beauty Bar to Change That (Washingtonian, 8/9)


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