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April 26, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Proposed changes coming to public housing policies

HOUSING
– The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has introduced a bill that it believes will increase self-sufficiency and help people become financially stable. The bill establishes a new minimum rent for households who are exempt from paying a percentage of their income, increases the percentage households who aren’t exempt have to pay, and sets work requirements. (Citylab, 4/25)

“Despite claims that these harmful proposals will increase ‘self-sufficiency,’ rent hikes, de facto time limits, and arbitrary work requirements will only leave more people without stable housing, making it harder for them to climb the economic ladder,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, in an email.

New reforms under MAHWA include “alternative” rent structures, such as tiered rents, stepped rents, and timed escrows that public housing authorities can choose to adopt. These standards, to be established through future regulations, would serve as time limits for households receiving housing aid.

– The U.S. Marshals Service Will Unveil Changes to Eviction Proceedings in D.C. (WCP, 4/26)

RACIAL EQUITY
– Yanique Redwood, president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, has created a one-pager that applies a racial equity analysis to housing capacity in the District of Columbia. Read it here (CHF Blog, 4/26)

– The Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University has released a report on how nonprofit organizations are advancing racial equity within their boards and staff. (Georgetown University, 4/26)

EDUCATIONMetro aims to enroll all area universities in discount pass program (WTOP, 4/26)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Arlington County, in partnership with the Human Rights Commission’s Equality Task Force, has launched a website with resources for the LGBTQ community. (ArlingtonVA, 4/25)


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– Kendra

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