D.C.’s lowest-income residents need affordable housing

HOUSING | The lowest-income residents in D.C. are paying more than they can afford in rent: almost all of their income, according to a new report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. The report, A Broken Foundation: Affordable Housing Crisis Threatens DC’s Lowest-Income Residents, offers methods to ensure these residents can live in stable housing. (DCFPI, 12/8)

The worsening affordable housing crisis is creating serious challenges in all aspect of extremely low-income residents’ lives. Paying a large share of income for housing leaves many families financially on the edge, putting them at high risk of getting evicted, moving frequently, or becoming homeless, and often forcing them to cut back on groceries and put off medical appointments. Families without affordable housing spend $150 less per month on food than others. Children in severely rent burdened families or in overcrowded conditions are more likely than others to fall behind in school, and drop out.

EDUCATION | D.C. Public Schools has partnered with Verizon to bring STEM education to three high-poverty middle schools. (AFRO, 12/8)

HEALTHAmericans’ life expectancy dipped last year, raising public health concerns (Baltimore Sun, 12/8)

-Amanda Misiko Andere, head of Funders Together to End Homelessness, discusses ending homelessness as a shared value and why now is the time for philanthropy to act. (Huffington Post, 12/7)

Why Homeless Kids Can’t Get to School (CityLab, 12/8)

RACIAL EQUITY | Consumer Health Foundation‘s Board Chair, Jackie Lendsey, shares her thoughts on why D.C. would benefit from a racial equity approach when developing policies. (CHF Blog, 12/7)

JUSTICE | Criminal justice reform has been a big topic this year. This article discusses the issue of sentencing and allows readers to assess the appropriate length of sentencing in different situations. (NYT, 12/9)

WORKFORCE | A new incubator for entrepreneurs of color whose startups serve underrepresented communities, has announced its plans for the next year. (DCInno, 12/7)

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