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