Cities consider copying Harlem Children’s Zone [News, 6/18]


YOUTH
Cities consider copying Harlem Children’s Zone (Baltimore Sun, 6/15 via the Chronicle) – “So many cities want to emulate Geoffrey Canada’s project that he recently created a “Practitioner’s Institute” to coordinate all of the information requests.” Canada spoke at WG’s 2007 annual meeting.

FORECLOSURE
Living Cities announces grants to support innovative local models of addressing the crisis – D.C.’s CityFirst Enterprises/CityFirst Homes will receive $500,000.
* June 19: Regional Housing Foreclosure Summit

EDUCATION
Voucher funds backed, with warning (WaPo, 6/18 – scroll down) – D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program fully funded–for this year.

HOMELESSNESS
The Homeless USA Cup will take place in downtown Washington, DC June 27 – 29. “Kicking It” is a Ted Leonsis-produced film about the Homeless World Cup“73 percent of players change their lives for the better after participating by coming off drugs and alcohol, moving into jobs, education, homes, training, reuniting with families…”

$4 PER GALLON
Climbing cost of gasoline slows Meals on Wheels, other services (Examiner, 6/18) – Eduardo Romero: “It’s impacting people who depend on home services.”

WG MEMBERS
Open Society Institute (WG member) will award $75 million annually in initiatives through its U.S. programs division. (PND, 6/16)

OLD STUFF IS BREAKING
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DC area not immune to infrastructure woes (AP, 6/17) – Meanwhile, the city is falling apart underneath us.
When the levee creaks… you fix it. FEMA “undeclares” downtown Washington a flood zone after city pledges to fix levees (WaPo, 6/17).

ENVIRONMENT
Energy Bill Sponsor Says Measure Has Votes to Pass (WaPo, 6/18) – “would require that one-fifth of the energy used in the District come from renewable sources ”

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Public Education Working Group – June 25
Children, Youth, and Families Working Group DYRS Update – July 1
Summer Film Series: Part I – July 10