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January 2, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

A new documentary explores the lives of homeless individuals in the District

ARTS & HUMANITIES/HOMELESSNESS | According to a 2016 survey by the US Conference of Mayors, the District has the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the US. A new documentary will explore the struggles of some of these homeless individuals as they search for housing stability and try to maintain romantic relationships. (WaPo, 1/1)

The documentary is directed by Ariane Mohseni and Lalita Clozel, first-time filmmakers who wanted to tell the stories of men and women finding love while dealing with the challenges of homelessness.

Over the past two and a half years, Mohseni and Clozel [the filmmakers] have followed the lives of their subjects, all of whom are homeless or formerly homeless, chronicling the ebb and flow of their lives. Street Sense, the organization behind the biweekly newspaper about homelessness and poverty in the District, provided initial funding for video equipment and connected the two with people in the homelessness-focused community.

COMMUNITY | We are sad to share the news that Frederick H. Prince IV, Prince Charitable Trusts trustee, passed away during the winter holiday. Read the Trusts’ remembrance of Mr. Prince here.

RACIAL EQUITY | Katy Moore, WRAG’s Managing Director of Corporate Strategy, reflects on how her first experience of painting a black Santa inspired a deeper discussion about race with her friends. (Daily, 1/2)

CHARITABLE GIVING | Charities fear tax bill could turn philanthropy into a pursuit only for the rich (WaPo, 12/23)

HEALTH CARE | In late December, Congress passed a bill that provides funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program until March 2018. (KHN, 12/20)

HIV/AIDS | Activists and other officials react to the administration’s decision to fire the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Some believe this will have a deep impact on the effort to eradicate the disease. (WaPo, 12/30)

Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership, said this about the decision: “To fire the remaining members of PACHA without having new, qualified appointees lined up is deeply disappointing. We’ve never had more tools available to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but we also need the political will and adequate funding to utilize those tools. This action by the Trump administration calls both into question.”

PUBLIC SAFETYMd. police chief: Community policing is essential to fighting hate crimes (WTOP, 1/2)

FOOD INSECURITY | New research suggests that ‘food swamps’ – areas with a low number of grocery stores and a high number of fast food and other unhealthy food options – are to blame for high obesity rates. (Citylab, 12/28)

WORKFORCE | Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, discusses the importance of unions and how a “right-to-work” law would harm workers. (PND Blog, 12/18)


Happy New Year and welcome back! Have you heard about the twins that were born on New Year’s eve and day?

– Kendra

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