AFFORDABLE HOUSING | It has been seven years since the implementation of the District’s inclusionary zoning policy, which requires developers to set aside a certain percentage of units in most new projects for low- and middle-income families. A DC Department of Housing and Community Development report shows notable improvement in the program. (WCP, 8/18)
Now, according to a recent report by the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, which oversees the program, IZ is on track to create hundreds of affordable units annually through new projects. In the fiscal year spanning October 2015 to October 2016, the District gained 191 new IZ units, of which 140 (73 percent) were rentals and 51 (27 percent) were for sale. That number represents almost half of the total 402 IZ units across 50 eligible projects that have come online since 2011, and a 54 percent increase over the 124 IZ units that were produced during the prior fiscal year.
RACISM | In response to the recent events in Charlottesville, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers asks if we are now ready to confront the racism that thrives daily in this country.
Related: Check out the Putting Racism on the Table series resources here to continue learning about racism.
IMMIGRATION | He had a college scholarship, but was deported. Now the former soccer star must build a life in El Salvador. (WaPo, 8/22)
– A federal program that awards grants for home visiting organizations that help new families with young children is set to expire next month. (NPR, 8/21)
EQUITY | Opinion: Here are four ways cities can help build a new urban safety net to support their workforce. (Citylab, 8/20)
ARTS & HUMANITIES | This longtime DC activist, who worked with Mayor Marion Barry, is now sharing her story through poems. (WAMU, 8/18)
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