New report encourages local leaders to make housing in the Greater Washington region more affordable

HOUSING | The Greater Washington region is home to some of the areas most expensive real estate, and with Amazon headed to Northern Virginia and housing prices rising, advocates are encouraging local leaders to commit to creating and preserving affordable housing. (WAMU, 1/30)

“The announcement by Amazon that Crystal City was selected for HQ2 will provide significant benefits for the region,” says a recent report from the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance. “However, this announcement should create a regional sense of urgency and commitment to address our housing supply and affordability gap.” The affordability gap exists throughout the Washington area — not just in Northern Virginia — but Arlington’s housing market is already the priciest in the region, according to multiple analyses. To solve the problem, advocates say increasing public subsidies is important, but not the only solution.

RELATED: Many of the solutions mentioned in NVAHA’s new report were highlighted in the Housing Leaders Group’s A Guidebook for Increasing Housing Affordability in the Greater Washington Region. WRAG, as one of the co-conveners of the HLG, is working with NVAHA and other active HLG members to address the housing affordability crisis that is threatening the region’s economic growth and quality of life.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | Opinion: How the justice system criminalizes the poor — and funds itself in the process (WaPo, 1/29)

– DC charter schools are closing and putting children in education limbo. (WaPo, 1/31)

Koch network poised to scale up efforts to remake K-12 education with a pilot project in five states (WaPo, 1/29)

CHILD CARE | Arlington’s Child Care Initiative has the potential to make a dent in the rising costs of child care in the community. (GGW, 1/29)

ENVIRONMENT | Coal ash piles in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be cleaned up thanks to a new agreement between Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia, lawmakers, and Dominion Energy. (WAMU, 1/25)

NONPROFITS | Nonprofit boards generally know that diversity is important, but very few of them do anything to actively encourage it. (Fast Company, 1/29)

TRANSPORTATION | Purple Line contractor says it will cost nearly $60 million to offset delays of the 21 station light-rail project between Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. (WaPo, 1/30)

DIGITAL DIVIDE | DC is one of a small handful of cities addressing the digital divide by offering publicly funded tech support programs. (CityLab, 1/25)

– The Wayfinder Foundation has announced its second fellowship cohort of women activist leaders in Oakland, CA and Washington DC.

– Nonprofits and Donors Worry About Long-Term Impact of Shutdown (Chronicle, 1/25 – subscription)

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