HOMELESSNESS | At a recent DC Council hearing, advocates and formerly homeless individuals urged councilmembers to allocate more funding to ending chronic homelessness in the city’s 2019 budget. Advocates are pushing for more permanent supportive housing, which they say decreases reliance on hospital visits, crisis intervention services, and shelters. (Street Sense, 5/2)
Reginald Black, a “consumer representative” nominated to be an official voice for the homeless community on the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness, called on councilmembers to prioritize investing in supportive services for homeless individuals along with improving shelters. Black, who is also a Street Sense Media vendor, said shelters are built to save lives but do not provide avenues for shelter stayers to get back on their feet through employment, housing or medical services.
GIVING | GiveChoose, a giving campaign by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, raised a record $265,786 for nonprofits this year. (LoudounNow, 5/2)
– Montgomery County Council Proposal To Provide Legal Funding to Immigrants Draws Fierce Support and Opposition at Hearing (Bethesda Beat, 5/2)
– Several recent studies have found that undocumented immigrants do not increase the prevalence of violent crime in the areas they settle in. (NPR, 5/2)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | On Tuesday night, Fairfax City voters elected two Korean Americans to the city council for the first time. (WaPo, 5/2)
HOUSING | Opinion: Housing policy that emphasizes “self-sufficiency” creates the illusion that where people live is solely their choice. (Yes! Magazine, 5/1)
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