CRIME | The map above shows the geography of guns seizures in our region. While gun seizures and violent crime have declined over the last decade, they are still a huge problem. Like many other challenges facing our region, there is an easily identifiable geographic trend. (WaPo, 5/29)
HOUSING/AGING | At an event hosted by The Atlantic on increasing demand for housing, services and health care in American cities, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros delivered a concise and effective point: “Demographics is destiny.” Along with other panelists, Cisneros discussed how we must quickly respond to shifting demographics, particularly in light of the Silver Tsunami. Panel highlights included a number of areas for concern (MetroTrends, 5/23):
– Urban Institute models project that between 2010 and 2030 there will be a 70 percent increase in senior homeowners and a 100 percent increase in senior renters.
– As many seniors choose to “age in place” by staying in their homes and communities, their cities and neighborhoods may not be equipped to provide the transportation, services, and health care they increasingly demand.
– Affordable housing is limited, but retirees on fixed incomes and millennials facing an unprecedented wealth gap will increasingly demand affordable housing in walkable urban areas.
– At WRAG’s Brightest Minds event earlier this year, Cisneros similarly spoke of aligning housing with geographic and demographic concerns. He also gave funders ten ways to support housing affordability. (Daily, March 2013)
– WRAG also recently produced an installment of our What Funders Need to Know series on local affordable housing. (Daily, 4/30)
– And, the Examiner reports on new data that show our region as having the strongest housing market in the whole land (or country, if you prefer). (Examiner, 5/29)
– Last week, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation announced more than $2.8 million in grants in four areas: education, healthy communities, economic security, and a strong nonprofit sector. The foundation’s 76 grants will reach more than 100,000 low-income residents in the Greater Washington region. Visit the foundation’s website for the full grants list.
– The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation has received an additional $1.5 millions from the Mayor’s Office to support summer youth programs. With the extra funding, the Trust has added 32 additional summer programs, which you can read about here.
– A week from today is Do More 24, a full day of online giving sponsored by the United Way of the National Capital Area that improves on last year’s highly successful Give to the Max Day. Tamara recently spoke with Bill Hanbury, head of the region’s United Way and a member of WRAG’s Board, about the event and why he’s very excited for it. Check out the video! For more information about Do More 24 – and how you can get involved either as a donor or a nonprofit – visit the event’s website.
– If you’ve ever wanted to ask Warren Buffett about how to get rich…well, then you have something in common with a lot of people. However, if you’re interested in getting philanthropic advice from the man, you’re in luck! Buffett and his sister Doris are planning to offer advice on giving as part of an online course. (Chronicle, 5/29)
– The Post has a breakdown of final exam scores in Montgomery County. While we recently linked to an article about bad math scores in the news roundup, the trend also extends across other subject areas like English and biology. (WaPo, 5/26)
– A new voice for D.C. parents in shaping schools policy? The answer is “yes,” according to the article, and his name is Matthew Frumin. (WaPo, 5/29)
LOCAL | You have got to be kidding me. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, apparently there are snakes falling out of trees in Adams Morgan – and officials say that it’s no big deal! (POP via GGW, 5/29) Why did it have to be snakes?
Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but our region plays by its own rules! Like the flip of a switch after Memorial Day, we’re in for a bit of a heat wave this week. Avoid standing under trees as snakes might fall on you, and avoid water sources because snakehead fish might crawl out and bite you. Basically, hide inside.
While you’re hiding, maybe you’ll enjoy this water-related wedding video! An entire bridal party falls into a lake, probably with many damaged cell phones and wallets. Don’t feel bad about laughing though. Everyone will remember the wedding for the rest of their lives.