During a recent televised appearance, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke on the need for new, affordable housing in the District if the city ever plans to return to peak population levels (800,000 people) reached in the 1950s. Her statements fell in line with a new report from the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis on the growing housing needs of the Greater Washington region, supported by Enterprise Community Partners and the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group. (GGW, 7/23)
The region can certainly accommodate these new people. As Bowser noted, DC once had that many people, though this was in an era when people lived in much smaller spaces and had larger families. The bigger obstacle is the widespread opposition to nearly any growth anywhere.
If that continues, displacement will increase and new jobs and housing will get pushed to the edges of the region. The report suggests, however, that it’s not just poor workers who will lose out: it’s seniors. Baby boomers will retire in great numbers and without jobs, and then make up many of the lower-income households.
DC and the other jurisdictions in the region will need to proactively plan for where this new housing can go, and get community buy-in ahead of time, to make it possible to build the housing the region needs.
PHILANTHROPY/CHILDREN | Last week, WRAG staff attended an informative and thought-provoking annual conference put on by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. During the closing plenary session, Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, discussed the unique role philanthropy can play in shaping public policy and building diverse movements for equality – particularly speaking from her experience in building a movement for women’s empowerment. Younger referenced a recently-released study by the Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Ms. Foundation for Women titled, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story, that brings attention to the systemic criminalization young female survivors of abuse are often subjected to. (Common Dreams, 7/9)
Related: In a timely blog post highlighting an area where philanthropy has not stepped in on a broad level, WRAG president Tamara Copeland brought attention to the need for funders to work toward improving circumstances for children by starting with abuse prevention. (Daily, 7/14)
LGBT/HIV/AIDS | A new report from the World Health Organization takes a look at the wide disparities in access to adequate health care for transgender individuals, largely caused by discrimination. Widespread transphobia is cited as a barrier to obtaining proper care and prevention for HIV. (NPR, 7/26)
Related: Children’s National Health Center recently opened a new clinic aimed specifically at providing specialized care and services to LGBTQ youth between the ages of 12 to 22. Youth programming at the center is supported by the Washington AIDS Partnership. (DCist, 7/2)
ENVIRONMENT | The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.’s Low-Income Households (City Lab, 7/24)
JOBS | Prince Charitable Trusts seeks its next Managing Director of its Washington, DC Office/Co-Director of its Rhode Island Program. Check out the full position description here.
NONPROFITS | The Washington Architectural Foundation offers pro bono design services to local nonprofit organizations as part of the Community Design Services (CDS) Program. To find out more about CDS, click here.
Can you take your brand new refrigerator home on the Metro? Yes, you can.