The District shuts down another tent city but homeless still have no where to go

HOMELESSNESS | Yesterday, the District cleared out an area near the NoMa neighborhood that was occupied by homeless individuals living in tents. City officials cited public health violations as a reason why these tent cities should be removed and offered shelter options, but for some, for various reasons, shelters aren’t an option. (WAMU, 6/20)

The officials say they don’t want to criminalize homelessness, and recognize that for as basic as they may be, tents offer at least some shelter to vulnerable residents who may not have anywhere else to go. But they also say that the longer the encampments stay up, the more they can become public health and safety nuisances.

“We actually have a right to shelter. We have places for people to be, so they don’t need to be camping on public land,” said Kristy Greenwalt, the director of the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “It’s actually much better for us to be able engage folks when they’re inside, we can offer services and it’s much safer for them and for the public.”

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Americans for the Arts has released its fifth economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences. During fiscal year 2015, the Greater Washington DC region’s arts sector supported 59,423 full-time equivalent jobs and arts and cultural audiences spent a total of $1.58 billion on events. (Americans for the Arts, 6/19)

RACIAL EQUITY | Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and CEO and president of Consumer Health Foundation, discusses how John Henryism relates to health and racial equity and why her organization is trying to create an environment free of structural racism. (CHF Blog, 6/21)

HEALTH | Hospitals across the country, including Maryland, are starting to feel the strain from opioid-related visits. (WaPo, 6/20)

– The Center for Effective Philanthropy has published a new report, Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities, to explore the role of program officers at foundations and with nonprofits. (CEP, 6/20)

– A map of the most generous living donors in the US. (Chronicle, 6/20)

FOOD INSECURITYNew D.C. Program Offers More Groceries To Seniors In Wards 7 And 8 (DCist, 6/20)

GENDER | DC will soon add a third gender option to its driver’s license and identification cards. (WAMU, 6/20)

ENVIRONMENT | A new study questions how much it really costs for the US to commit to 100% renewable energy. (Citylab, 6/20)

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– Kendra