POVERTY | According to a NBC4 News report, DC’s ward 7 and ward 8 residents were eight times more likely than residents of ward 2 and ward 3 to report a lack of heat to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs last year. DCRA has issued violations and infractions to the landlords but residents are still waiting for relief. (NBC4, 3/20)
Despite growing prosperity in many parts of the city, the number of District residents who reported trouble meeting their basic need to stay warm at home climbed steadily over the past five years, city records show. In 2013, members of 72 households told the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) that their landlords failed to provide adequate heat. In 2017, that number more than quadrupled, at 305 households. A housing lawyer and a neighborhood leader said they suspect that many more cases go unreported.
– In 2016, WRAG partnered with Enterprise Community Loan Fund to launch Our Region, Your Investment to support the creation or preservation of affordable homes in the Greater Washington region. Today we are excited announce the sixth loan, which will support the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing’s redevelopment of the former Arlington Presbyterian Church into Gilliam Place. This project will create more than 170 affordable homes for Arlington, Virginia’s low-income, disabled and/or homeless residents. Read more here.
– A new audit of the DC Housing Production Trust Fund found that from 2009 to 2014, less than 20% of funding went to housing for families of four earning up to $33,000. (WaPo, 4/20)
– The Ruth Mott Foundation has announced that its president, Handy Lindsey Jr., will retire in November 2018. Read more about his work with the foundation here.
HOMELESSNESS | Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, will join a panel of other advocates to discuss how organizations can address racial inequities in efforts to prevent and end homelessness on April 4. The forum is hosted by Friendship Place. Register and learn more here.
ARTS & HUMANITIES | A Maryland teen will star as the lead in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In The Heights‘ production at the Kennedy Center this week. (WTOP, 3/20)
HEALTH | Women In Medicine Shout #MeToo About Sexual Harassment At Work (KHN, 3/20)
It’s the first day of Spring! If you’re willing to brave the weather outside, Rita’s Italian Ice and Dairy Queen are offering free frozen treats today.