Investing locally to address the region’s affordable housing crisis

HOUSING | Foundations, residents, banks, and businesses in the greater D.C. area are addressing the region’s housing crisis by investing in it locally. (Housing Horizon, 11/1)

Since Enterprise Community Loan Fund launched Our Region, Your Investment with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in January, $7 million has been invested to preserve the affordability of more than 200 homes —protecting families from potential displacement at Fort Stevens Place in Washington, D.C., Clarendon Court in Arlington, Virginia, and the Crest Apartments in Capitol Heights, Maryland. […]

Local investors [include] the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), TD Bank, the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, and the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation. […]

WRAG’s vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott said “WRAG is pleased to be working with Enterprise Community Loan Fund on Our Region, Your Investment. We are extremely excited about the great progress the initiative has made thus far. Our region’s affordable housing crisis requires more creative solutions like this.”

Related: The Meyer Foundation recently announced a $1 million investment in Our Region, Your Investment, bringing WRAG and Enterprise Community Loan Fund even closer to the goal of raising $10 million by the end of the year.

RACE | Racial diversity is at issue in a new lawsuit filed by an applicant for a license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland. (WTOP, 10/31)

– Local health experts discuss health disparities in the greater D.C. region and the challenges in addressing and reducing them, on the Kojo Nnamdi show. (WAMU, 11/1)

 D.C. Region Will Fare Better Than Average Under The Affordable Care Act Next Year (WAMU, 10/31)

EDUCATION | Schools in lower-income areas across our country lack resources that are standard in wealthier areas, which has a real impact on the future of these children. (TEDx, 11/1)

YOUTH/JUSTICENew Report Recommends Actions to Replace the Youth Prison Model (Annie E. Casey, 10/21)

REGION | Seventy miles of bike trails are now officially linked between Maryland and D.C. (dcist, 10/31)

PHILANTHROPY | Six ways donor advised funds are changing the philanthropic landscape. (CP, 10/27)

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