– With the ‘Housing First’ program, 400 of D.C.’s chronically homeless will get apartments (WaPo, Examiner, 4/3) – The $22K per person cost is said to be far cheaper than the cost “if that same person drifts in and out of shelters, hospitals, detox programs and jail.” Under the $19.2M plan, 2,500 units of permanent supportive housing are to be provided by 2014.
– Maryland passes ambitious legislation to control the housing crisis and prevent foreclosures (WaPo, 4/3)
– D.C.’s new tourism marketing slogan: “Create Your Own Power Trip” (WaTimes, 4/3 | wire, 4/2) – So, sports & rec = “power play,” cherry blossoms = “flower power,” etc. “The new brand platform also includes a new 2 1/2 minute destination video, underwritten by [WG member] Guest Services, Inc.”
– The Accokeek Foundation and Piscataway National Park received a $20,000 grant from the National Parks Service to raise awareness for American Indian heritage in the Accokeek area. (Gazette, 4/3)
– Strathmore program “DinoRock” engages kids in toe-tapping learning (Gazette, 4/2) – “Through sponsorships from Mead Family Foundation… the workshop was offered free to students from federally-funded Title I schools…”
– Nobel Prize-winning president of Howard Hughes Medical Institute is stepping down (WBJ, 4/2)
– DCPS enrollment down 6,000 students from last year (WaPo, 4/3 – scroll down)
– Woodson High to be demolished, new school to be built (WaPo, 4/3)