There are almost 100 long-term homeless individuals living in downtown Silver Spring

HOMELESSNESS | Bethesda Cares, a nonprofit working to end homelessness in Montgomery County, has published a report on the yearlong research it conducted to document homelessness in downtown Silver Spring. The report focused on individuals who had been homeless for thirty days or more. (Bethesda Beat, 7/24)

Bethesda Cares identified the following statistics for those individuals who were homeless in the Silver Spring area for 30 days or more:

  • 72 percent were men, compared to 28 percent women;
  • 52 percent were black and 34 percent were white. Eleven percent of those identified described themselves as Hispanic;
  • 20 were 62 or older;
  • 73 percent self-reported a mental illness or were observed with mental health symptoms;
  • 72 were identified as chronically homeless, meaning they had been continuously homeless for a year or more;
  • 26 received housing during the reporting period, 19 of them through Montgomery County’s Housing Initiative Program;

CENSUS 2020 | Arlington County has voted to join a growing number of states who are filing lawsuits to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 census. (ARLnow, 7/24)

– In a new blog, Temi F. Bennett, director of policy and communication at Consumer Health Foundation, applies a racial equity analysis to the high maternal mortality rate for Black women in the District. (CHF Blog, 7/24)

– Ana Marie Argilagos, president and CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy, discusses the work of her organization and their role in this political climate with the rise in anti-immigrant and anti-Latinx sentiments. (PND Blog, 7/24)

ARTS & HUMANITIESA Gallery Of One’s Own: How The Washington Women’s Arts Center Created A Home For D.C.’s Creative Women (WAMU, 7/25)

Related: Holly Bass, an artist mentioned in this article, performed at WRAG’s 2015 annual meeting. Watch her performance here.

WORKFORCE/ LGBTQIA RIGHTS | Homophobia Almost Made Me Quit Being a Chef (Eater, 7/24)

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