Tag: family homelessness

Nationally, rates of disconnected youth vary widely

A new Brookings Institution analysis examines data on unemployment among teens and young adults across the U.S. Many of America’s youth remain “disconnected” – not working and not in school. (Brookings, 5/24)

Nationally, an estimated 3 million young people aged 16–24 (7.6 percent) are disconnected. The majority of these young people are between 20 and 24 years old, suggesting that the problem becomes more acute after young people are of an age to have graduated high school. They are disproportionately people of color. Rates of disconnection vary widely by metropolitan area, and in some places, young blacks and Latinos are up to 3-to-6 times more likely to be disconnected than young whites.


Some of the metro areas with the highest employment rates among prime-age adults did not have particularly high rates among teens and young adults, including Washington, D.C.; Hartford, Conn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Albany, N.Y.; and Austin, Tex. These places all have relatively highly educated populations, and the disproportionately high employment rate among adults aged 25–54 relative to younger workers probably reflects that these metros import workers from other places.

– With an estimated two-thirds of all venture capital money finding its way into just six major U.S. metro areas, according to a new study, are America’s rural towns and smaller areas being completely left behind in the economy – further contributing to the problems of income and geographic inequality? (City Lab, 5/24 and WaPo, 5/23)

– America’s Road to Economic Opportunity Is Paved With Infrastructure Jobs (City Lab, 5/18)

WRAG/SOCIAL PROFITS | Booz Allen Hamilton‘s Laura Dempsey and WRAG’s Katy Moore share how the upcoming Nonprofit Summer Learning Series came to be, and why those looking to build solid relationships with the local funding community should sign up to attend. (Daily, 5/24)

PUBLIC HEALTH | Brian Castrucci, Chief Program and Strategy Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation, discusses the importance of holistic approaches and multisectoral collaboration in effectively facing complicated health challenges. (HuffPo, 5/18)

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT | DC Fiscal Policy Institute looks into the progress the District has made in lowering the numbers of homeless families, while examining the work that still lies ahead. (DCFPI, 5/24)

PHILANTHROPYAfrican American museum’s fundraising touches deep history among donors (WaPo, 5/24)

POVERTY | A small new study takes the research behind the ways in which one’s neighborhood can shape their level of future economic mobility a step even further and finds links between one’s city block and successful outcomes. (Atlantic, 5/23)

CSR | The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is accepting nominations for their 17th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards, recognizing the most accomplished social and community initiatives within the business community.

HOUSINGWashington’s Supply of Entry-Level Homes Is Shrinking (Washingtonian, 5/24)

Here’s one way to deal with train delays.

– Ciara

WRAG Board elects 2016 board officers

WRAG is excited to announce that this week the WRAG Board elected the following members to serve as new and returning board officers beginning in 2016:

ChairLynn Tadlock, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
Vice ChairYanique Redwood, Consumer Health Foundation
TreasurerAnna Bard, Wells Fargo
Secretary – Mary McClymont, Public Welfare Foundation

– DC Action for Children has released a new analysis based on 20 indicators of well-being to determine the state of children in the District’s eight wards. In some wards, children and their families are being left behind in an ever-growing city (WCP, 12/8):

Wards 5, 7, and 8 contain some of the largest numbers of children yet have the lowest median family incomes, even as the median income in D.C. increased by roughly 18 percent between 2010 and 2013. At least one in five children in Wards 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 live in poverty, the analysis reports; the total child poverty rate in D.C. dropped by less than one percent during the same period.

– Another study sheds light on the high costs of child care for parents in the U.S. – and especially D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. As child care costs rival that of sending a young adult to college, the report by Child Care Aware urges Congress to take action. (WTOP, 12/8)

HOUSING | Why it’s so hard to afford a rental even if you make a decent salary (WaPo, 12/9)

ECONOMY/REGION | A recent gathering of three elected leaders from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia show that top leaders are starting to think more regionally. (WaPo, 12/8)

Opinion: Author, chief executive of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and previous WRAG Annual Meeting speaker Emmett Carson, shares in this open letter why he believes the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector should merge to build a stronger, more integrated network for the social profit sector. (Chronicle, 12/4)

Opinion: 3 Key Ideas on the Power of the Zuckerberg-Chan Pledge (Chronicle, 12/8)

HEALTH/HOMELESSNESS | The Atlantic explores the dynamic of a family in shelter with four young children as the parents participate in a program that aims to strengthen the bonds among homeless families that are often strained due to overwhelming stress. (Atlantic, 12/8)

Here are a few of the books Bill Gates says you should be reading right now.

– Ciara


Service-sector scheduling practices have negative impact on workers’ well-being

A new report from DC Jobs for Justice examines the true impact of on-call and split-shift scheduling for hourly workers in the District. The scheduling practices are widely used in the service sector and cause more than just minor inconveniences for employees. (WCP, 6/11)

The report found that 40 percent of workers’ schedules will change after they’re posted. About half of the more than 400 people surveyed said they receive only two days’ notice of schedule changes; 30 percent of respondents said they receive less than 24 hours’ notice.

“Just-in-time” scheduling results in unstable incomes, an inability to schedule childcare and second-job shifts reliably, pursue higher education, or acquire a second job, the report says. These practices most negatively impact black and Latino workers, who together comprise about 80 percent of the service sector workforce in D.C.

EQUITY | How our cars, our neighborhoods, and our schools are pulling us apart (WaPo, 6/9)

Opinion: In an effort to continue on the path of necessary education reform, DCPS administrators have created “units of study” aimed at shrinking the persistent achievement gap in the schools. Education advocates remain optimistic about whether or not the new approach will yield significant results. (WaPo, 6/12)

Virtual full-time high school may soon be a reality in Virginia (Loudoun Times, 6/15)

– CECP, in association with The Conference Board, has released an infographic of the results of their annual Giving in Numbers Survey, which looks at trends in the field of corporate societal engagement.

– In D.C., the Milken Family Foundation has announced plans to turn a historic bank into a new museum celebrating teachers that will be known as the Museum of the American Educator. (WBJ, 6/12)

– In a number of American cities, including D.C., those ages 16-24 living in majority-black neighborhoods are ten times more likely to be disconnected than those living in majority-white neighborhoods of the same city. Disconnected youth are individuals who are neither employed nor in school. (City Lab, 6/11)

– The Long, Hot Summer Ahead for D.C.’s Homeless Children (WAMU, 6/12)

Today, the Magna Carta turns 800 years old. See how much you know about Medieval law in this quiz.

– Ciara


D.C.’s new housing chief discusses homelessness strategy

Family homelessness has persisted as a major issue in the District. Washington City Paper recently sat down with Polly Donaldson, newly appointed head of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to discuss how the agency plans to take a leading role in housing the homeless (WCP, 5/15):

[…] Polly Donaldson, tapped to head the Department of Housing and Community Development, most recently led the nonprofit Transitional Housing Corporation, which provides housing and services to hundreds of homeless families each year.

DHCD isn’t directly responsible for serving homeless residents. But with its affordable-housing duties and Donaldson’s homeless-services background, the agency is clearly orienting itself toward tackling the homeless crisis.


“The only way out of a shelter-based system that says shelter is where you’re going to be, is to create other housing opportunities. And we’ve got to be part of the solution.”

– DC Fiscal Policy Institute points to Medicaid as one way to boost permanent supportive housing in the District. (DCFPI, 5/15)

FOOD | Low-income neighborhoods across America are often home to food desserts. Though many stores that offer healthy foods struggle to stay open in hard-hit communities, some stores have found that a more inclusive approach has helped them stay afloat. (NPR, 5/14)

ENVIRONMENT | Could a new FBI headquarters in Greenbelt actually help the Anacostia River? (WaPo, 5/14)

EDUCATION | The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped (City Lab, 5/14)

For some odd reason my vacation photos never turn out this good

– Ciara