An emergency motion to place the District’s homeless

There’s lots of news to share, so here’s your regular Daily WRAG edition instead of the Friday roundup. Enjoy your weekend!

This winter has been so cold that the District has seen 66 days of hypothermia alerts. There are still seven weeks left in hypothermia season. With policies in place to house homeless families in private rooms during nights that turn brutally cold, the city has found itself in a difficult situation as the Bowser administration has filed a motion to begin placing the homeless in makeshift shelters. (WaPo, 2/6)

The development offered the latest sign of the depth of this year’s homelessness crisis in the District, which has accepted an average of 12 new homeless families – often single mothers with young children – into shelter each night the temperature has dipped below freezing.


The District is one of the country’s rare jurisdictions with a legal right to shelter on freezing nights. It is also among the most rapidly gentrifying urban cores in the nation, with an estimated 5,000 families teetering on the brink of homelessness amid rising living costs and escalating home prices.

The city on Thursday was within a day of running out of motel space for more families, and it has yet to find another operator willing to lease additional rooms for the homeless, the District argued in its motion. If no other option becomes apparent, D.C. is within days of having to resort to some lesser form of shelter, it said.

Volunteers fan out in the wee hours to count homeless in Montgomery (Gazette, 2/2)

EDUCATION/DISTRICT | At-risk funding in the District: A-school-by-school breakdown (WaPo, 2/6)

NONPROFITS | Now that President Obama has laid out his proposed 2016 federal budget, Rick Cohen gives us a glimpse at what nonprofits can anticipate if the proposals pass through Congress. (NPQ, 2/4)

Related: WRAG CEOs are invited to a coffee and conversation session with Rick Cohen on February 18th at 9:00AM where he’ll be discussing his 10 predictions for nonprofits and foundations in 2015. For more information, click here.

– The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has released its 2013-2014 Annual Report, “A Year of Community Leadership,” highlighting its work in the region. (CFNOVA, 2/5)

FOOD | Are Farmers Market Sales Peaking? That Might Be Good For Farmers (NPR, 2/5)


Healthy Communities Working Group: February Meeting (WRAG members) 
Monday, February 9, 2015  12:00PM – 2:00PM

A Morning With The Mayor: A Funder Conversation With Mayor Muriel Bowser (WRAG members)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar (WRAG members)
Thursday, February 12, 2015  2:00PM – 2:45PM

Valentine’s Day is approaching. Which city in the region was named one of the “most romantic” cities in the nation?

– Ciara