HIV/AIDS | According to the District’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration’s annual report, the city’s number of newly diagnosed HIV cases has decreased for the ninth year in a row. Although DC still has a very high number of residents living with HIV, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases have decreased by 73% since 2007. (MetroWeekly, 6/27)
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the news, and the release of the annual report, at a press conference at Whitman-Walker Health on Tuesday morning. The announcement coincided with National HIV Testing Day.
“For nine consecutive years, the District has been able to work together with the community to decrease the number of new HIV cases,” Mayor Bowser said. “We know we have more work to do, but this data is good news for our city and our residents. In just one decade, we have made tremendous progress, and today, our residents who are diagnosed with HIV are getting care faster and they are starting — and staying on — treatments that we know are effective.”
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY | WRAG helped to start the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington (HLG) to address housing affordability in the Greater Washington region three years ago. Washington Metro Marketplace Manager of Citi Community Development and WRAG Board Member Diana Meyer, who has been a champion of this work, discusses the urgent housing need in the region and how different stakeholders working together will help address the issue. (Daily, 6/28)
RACE | A report from Georgetown University law school’s Center on Poverty and Inequality found that black girls are viewed as ‘less innocent’ than white girls. (WaPo, 6/27)
DEVELOPMENT | Montgomery County policymakers have introduced a bill requiring that developers building on a burial site must establish its exact location and protect it during construction and maintain it afterwards. (WaPo, 6/27)
HEALTH | The District is closer to building the replacement hospital for United Medical Center in southeast. (WBJ, 6/27)
NONPROFITS | Nonprofits Have a Role to Play in Building Bridges in a Polarized World (Chronicle, 6/27 – Subscription needed)
– This map shows what counties resemble what the US will look like in the future, and which ones most resembles the ethnic composition of the past. In our region, Prince George’s County will most resemble the US in 2060 and Fauquier County, VA most resembles the US’s 2004 population. (NYT, 6/22)
– D.C. Issues Its First Gender-Neutral Drivers License (WAMU, 6/27)
A view of life from April.