AFFORDABLE HOUSING | In its annual report, the National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that, overall, for every 100 households considered extremely low income, there are only 35 affordable rental homes available. The group recommends strategies the federal government and state and local governments can employ to address this gap. (Citylab, 3/13)
“The problem is not that low-income people aren’t working hard enough,” said Diane Yentel, the president and CEO of NLIHC. “The problem, rather, is that many jobs don’t pay enough for low-income people to afford to pay the rent.” The average full-time, 40-hour-a-week worker making minimum wage would need to earn more than $17 an hour to afford a modest one- or two-bedroom apartment by today’s standards. NLIHC estimates that someone making the federal minimum wage of $7.25 (higher in many cities, but not by much) would have to work multiple jobs—and a sanity-draining average of 94.5 hours per week—to make enough to afford even a one-bedroom.
RACIAL EQUITY | WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington launched the Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity series earlier this year. In the first video related to the series, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, interviews Inca Mohamed, series facilitator, about how to build a multi-sector community for racial equity. You can download a viewing guide that accompanies the video here.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | DC Mayor Bowser Signs Bill Creating Public Financing Program For Political Campaigns — And Will Fund It (WAMU, 3/13)
EDUCATION | Citing the racial disparity in suspension and expulsion rates, DC Council will consider a bill that limits out-of-school suspensions. (WaPo, 3/13)
HOMELESSNESS | Calvary Women’s Services, a women’s shelter in DC, offers its clients programs aimed at healing and rebuilding their lives, as well as housing. (WTOP, 3/13)
ENVIRONMENT | Montgomery County’s Green Bank launches first loan product. Here’s its plan for the future. (WBJ, 3/14)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE | A Montgomery County lawmaker has introduced a bill to lower the maximum sentence for threatening violence against a school and to eliminate a requirement that prosecutors “demonstrate the subjects of a threat were placed in fear or had to evacuate or take shelter.” (Bethesda Beat, 3/13)
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