The nine-year-old New Communities Initiative may receive a boost in progress from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in the form of a new resolution to the plan. The affordable housing strategy has been stalled many times over the years. (WaPo, 12/1)
According to a draft of the resolution, the city would have one year to select four “master developers” to oversee redevelopment efforts near the Temple Courts housing project and the Park Morton housing complex in Northwest Washington; at Lincoln Heights in Northeast; and at Barry Farm in Southeast. Those developers — two of whom have been chosen — would have four months to seek community input and come up with “realistic timelines and financing plans.”
– The Washington Post profiles the ups and downs of two single D.C. mothers who have gone through the rapid rehousing program, in which rent is subsidized for formerly homeless families for up to a year after being placed in housing. WRAG member, DC Trust, and Executive Director, Ed Davies, make a very special appearance in the feature! (WaPo, 11/30)
HEALTH | On Tuesday, December 9th at 10:30 AM, the Northern Virginia Health Foundation and the Virginia Oral Health Coalition will have a free webinar about dental benefits offered in the Virginia health insurance exchange for 2015. The webinar features the most up-to-date Virginia-specific information and is designed to help northern Virginia navigators, assisters, and anyone else interested in learning more as they try to help consumers better understand their benefits. Register here.
– Protests in Ferguson, Missouri have captivated many people across the country and have turned into peaceful protests in other cities. Check out how people are coming together in the region to push for equality. (WaPo, 12/2)
– Building Trust Between Communities and Local Police (White House, 12/1)
FOOD | Getting children to eat nutritious meals can be a daunting challenge, but some area lunch programs have found ways to take their school menus from “good” to “gooder.” (WAMU, 12/1)
How did you do on your list of books to read this year? There’s still time to squeeze one or two in. Here are some notable books from 2014.