Arlington County is making affordable housing a priority

– Arlington County is committed to creating affordable housing. The County adopted an Affordable Housing Master Plan last year that includes a few goals, such as increasing the supply of affordable housing to 17.7% by 2040, ensuring housing for its aging population and people with disabilities and keeping housing close to public transit. Read about the County’s progress here. (GGW, 2/13) 

Over the past year, Arlington approved 219 units guaranteed to stay affordable for the next 30 to 60 years. In most cases, the rent for these committed affordable units (CAFs) are affordable for families making less than 60% of the area median income. These new units bring the total number of CAFs in Arlington to 7,463.

The biggest source of these new affordable apartments is Gilliam Place, which will bring 173 affordable units to the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Lincoln Street. The project will also make good on Arlington’s commitment to building affordable housing near transit — Metro’s route 16 buses run up and down the road frequently– and amenities like employers and stores—the ground floor will provide almost 9,000 square feet for stores and community space.

– Leadership Greater Washington and WRAG hosted the sixth session of its Thought Leadership Series on housing affordability this week. This session explored the potential impact of the new administration on housing in the region. (Leadership Greater Washington, 2/13)

RACISM | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, reflects on the bias she experienced as a juror and wonders if it’s possible for a poor, black person to get a fair trial in DC. (Daily, 2/14)

IMMIGRATION | Members of Maryland’s Latino, Black and Asian American Pacific Islander caucuses have come together to urge the state to pass a law that would limit its cooperation with deportation authorities. (WaPo, 2/14)

YOUTH | The Alexandria Boxing Club is a nonprofit that teaches youth how to fight in the ring and outside of it. (The Chronicle, 2/7 – Subscription needed)

HEALTHBaker: ACA repeal threatens new Prince George’s hospital (WBJ, 2/13)

– Rage-Donation: an easier way to support the causes you care about if you have disposable income and limited time. (GQ, 1/31)

– Opinion: Losing the Johnson Amendment Would Destroy the Unique Political Role of Nonprofits (NPQ, 2/6)

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– Kendra