More than one in five households in D.C. is severely cost burdened

– A recent study shows that more than one in five households in D.C. is severely cost burdened, meaning that these individuals and families spend 50 percent or more of their income on housing. This issue remains a driving factor in the affordability of housing. “The Power of the Living Wage: What Cost Burden Looks Like” is the ninth installment in a twelve-part thought leadership series, Matters@HAND, co-sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners and written by research and policy expert Dr. Lisa Sturtevant. (HAND, 11/1)

When individuals and families pay a disproportionately high share of their income on housing—50 percent or more—they often face challenges paying for other necessities, including food, health care, child care and transportation. In D.C., about 60,000 households face this challenge. However, the rates of severe cost burden vary substantially for different segments of the population. Demographic characteristics like age and immigration status matter, but household income is the primary determinant of whether a household is severely cost burdened. While not surprising, this suggests opportunities for the housing industry and workforce development organizations to work together to expand housing options by both increasing the housing supply and growing incomes of residents of D.C. and the rest of the region.

– D.C. Tightens Regulations on Vacant Properties (CP, 11/1)

HEALTH/FOOD | One of Michelle Obama’s legacies in D.C.? This nonprofit. (WaPo, 10/31)

– The Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties continues to move forward but the opportunity for public comment about the possible environmental impact of the light rail project is extended. (WTOP, 11/3)

Opinion: It has come to this: It’s time to consider a federal takeover of Metro (WaPo, 11/1)

– Schools in office towers, and playgrounds on the roof, may be in Fairfax County’s future (WTOP, 11/2)

 The Problem With How Higher Education Treats Diversity (Atlantic, 10/28)

NONPROFITSThe New Employment Contract and How Nonprofits Must Honor It (NP Quarterly, 11/1)

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