Problems abound at the D.C. General homeless shelter. Here is a very in-depth look at the multiple issues residents may face on any given day, including assaults, lack of support and infestations, just to name a few. (WaPo, 7/12)
City officials and homeless advocates say D.C. General has never been properly maintained because most saw it as a Band-Aid for the city’s homelessness problem. The city began using the facility as a temporary shelter on cold nights in 2001, when the family shelter, D.C. Village, became overcrowded.
Fenty closed D.C. Village in 2007 amid complaints that it was infested with mice, roaches and other vermin unsuitable for children. His administration shifted families to D.C. General until a replacement could be found.
But the city never found one. During the winter months, almost 600 children were living in the former hospital.
– Another issue families may face staying at the D.C. General shelter is the lack of programming to offer their children a break from reality. (WaPo, 7/12)
– Tomorrow, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region invites you to the release of a landmark new study, “Housing Security in the Washington Region.” The event will include two sessions – a public briefing on the study, followed by a private briefing for funders co-sponsored by WRAG. Find out more here.
– New residential buildings built on former public land may soon be required to include 30 percent affordable units in an effort to expand mixed-income housing in the District. (DCFPI, 7/10)
COMMUNITY │ Yesterday, The Chronicle of Philanthropy released their list of “10 Companies That Gave the Most Cash in 2013.” Kudos to WRAG members Bank of America and Wells Fargo for making an appearance on the list. (Chronicle, 7/13)
WRAG VOICES │ WRAG president, Tamara Copeland, recently wrote an article that was published by the American Society of Association Executives blog. In the article, that uses the medium of a Twitter post, she reflects on the value of a member association and the impact it can have. You can read the article here.
EDUCATION │ The D.C. Council plans to introduce a bill today that would ban the District’s traditional and charter schools from suspending pre-K students. The proposed bill comes about after it was found that pre-K students in D.C. were suspended 181 times during the 2012-2013 school year. (DCist, 7/14)
REGION/ECONOMY │ Will 2014 be ‘a lost year’ for the greater Washington economy? (WaPo, 7/13)