What housing discrimination feels like

COMMUNITY | In a post on their Game Changer blog, Consumer Health Foundation president Yanique Redwood discusses the pervasiveness of race-based housing discrimination, and reflects on her own recent experience trying to find a new home and the impact that perceived discrimination had on her (CHF, 9/3):

As my husband was getting off the phone, the owner asked, “What are your names?”

As my husband shared his name and began to share mine, I waved frantically at him mouthing, “Don’t tell him my name!” But, it was too late… I had the sinking feeling that my name with its “q” sound was a dead giveaway of my race. Again, I knew what the Urban Institute study confirmed: minority testers whose race was more easily identifiable – by name, by voice over the phone, or in person – experienced more discrimination than minorities who were more likely to be mistaken as white.

We scheduled an appointment to see the unit… But, the day before the appointment, we got an email stating that the property had been rented. My shoulders slumped, and I let out a long, sad sigh. I was not certain that discrimination was at play, but I was acutely aware of the active levels of stress I had been experiencing around the need to find a place to live—yet anticipating and possibly experiencing difficulty simply because of the color of my skin.

TRANSIT | An environmental impact study concludes that the proposed Purple Line would displace 116 homes and businesses, mostly around Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Riverdale. (WaPo, 9/6)

HEALTH | The Northern Virginia Health Foundation has published commentary from Sarah Holland, executive director of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition, about the critical need to integrate oral heath into overall health care, and the opportunity that the launch of the state’s health benefit exchange presents to get individuals and families enrolled in dental insurance. (NVHF, 9/5)

AGING/ARTS/HEALTH | Grantmakers in the Arts Grantmakers in Health has released a short report on their work to date on bringing together the fields of arts, aging, and health to promote creative strategies to improve the health of older adults. The report highlights a few promising initiatives and recommendations for grantmakers who want to work at the intersection of these issues. (GIA, GIH, September 2013)

AGING/WORKFORCE | The Atlantic profiles the organization Encore.org, which connects retired people with paid internships at nonprofits. The organization’s model addresses two issues: older adults who can’t actually afford to retire and are experiencing challenges finding new jobs, and nonprofits with limited staff and financial capacity. (Atlantic, 9/5)

ENVIRONMENT | Yesterday the Kojo Nnamdi Show focused on the Anacostia River and current efforts to re-imagine the river as a D.C. destination. (WAMU, 9/5)

As loath as I am to link to a Buzzfeed list, this one of art installations is actually worth the click.