Housing and poverty in American cities

The Washington Post explores how housing for the poor is often remodeled into luxury units for a newer, wealthier audience. Though the setting is based in Chicago, the story is not so different from what is happening in a number of metropolitan areas (WaPo, 11/12):

For Chicago, the debate over these buildings captures a larger tension that is simultaneously playing out in parts of Los Angeles and New York and Washington: The new owners and tenants moving in bring higher tax dollars, capital to revive old buildings and momentum to draw even more young professionals. But those benefits have come at a cost. Now Chicago is trying to save what amounts to 6,000 remaining SRO (single room occupancy) units, a small fraction of what once existed in the city as a housing stock of last resort for the poor.

– On Tuesday, November 18th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, the D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services, D.C. Public Schools and the Boys and Men of Color Alliance, will co-host the D.C. Local Action Summit. The city-wide event will thank all of the individuals, public and private organizations and corporations who contributed to the development of the D.C. Boys and Men of Color Success Strategy, and to mark the initiation of the implementation phase of the DC Boys and Men of Color Initiative. Find out more here.

– MedImmune and the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County will host a STEM Volunteering Workshop & Expo on November, 21st from 9:00 AM through 11:30AM where attendees can learn about the resources and reasons for supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through employee volunteering. You can register here.

– How can the District work to address gaps in health and nutrition services for students? The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute has some recommendations. (DCFPI, 11/12)

D.C. Has Lowest Rate of Uninsured Hispanic Children, Report Says (WAMU, 11/12)

DISTRICT | Opinion: Two longtime residents of Wards 7 and 8 share their thoughts on where incoming Mayor-elect, Muriel Bowser, can begin to unite the neighborhoods east of the river with the rest of the city. (WaPo, 11/7)

NONPROFITS | Link to Nonprofits, an extensive online database that allows individuals in need of assistance and information to connect with qualified service organizations in the region, has launched a new community guide. Visit the site to learn more, or to get your organization included in the listing.

D.C. will soon be home to a chocolate factory! Just in time for the summer.

– Ciara