Tag: prison reform

Is the solution to the District’s housing crisis to invest in the middle class?

HOUSING | A strategy to produce and preserve workforce housing is gaining support among elected officials and developers to address the affordable housing shortage in the District. (WAMU, 5/2)

In her proposed 2020 budget, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called for the creation of an unprecedented $20 million “workforce housing” fund that would subsidize homes affordable to middle-income professionals like teachers, social workers, and first responders… Many developers applaud the mayor’s workforce fund, saying it will help incentivize builders to construct and preserve housing that isn’t market-rate or “luxury.” Businesses tend to like it, too, because they want to be where the workforce lives. But the applause is countered by critics who say the mayor should instead invest that $20 million in low-income housing — particularly public housing, an estimated third of which is currently uninhabitable due to hazardous conditions.

EDUCATION | Prince George’s County may become the first jurisdiction in the country to use a public-private partnership to build and maintain several of its public schools, to speed up construction and decrease debt. (WaPo, 5/5)

LGBTQIA+ | Transgender teens in schools with bathroom restrictions are at higher risk of sexual assault, study says (CNN, 5/6)

WORKFORCE
– This co-working space doubles as a child care center. (WAMU, 5/6)

– Participants in a District workforce development program have not received the training they expected and are still unemployed. (CP, 5/2)

PRISON REFORM
– The District is looking into how it might obtain local control over the parole system again. (DCist, 5/1)

Maryland just banned placing pregnant inmates in solitary confinement. Yes, that was apparently happening. (WaPo, 5/1)

VIRGINIA | Fairfax board adopts budget with more for affordable housing, environment (WaPo, 3/7)

DISTRICT | The DC Inspector General says the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has failed to track and collect on fines from businesses, developers and landlords who break the rules. (WAMU, 3/7)

COMMUNITY | Congrats to Natalie Madeira Cofield, founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy and the Walker’s Legacy Foundation, for being named the Women in Business Champion of the Year by the DC Chamber of Commerce. (Walker’s Legacy Foundation is a fiscally-sponsored project of WRAG.)

PHILANTHROPY | New CEO at Council on Foundations Pledges Greater Accountability (Chronicle, 5/1)


Sleep in a ‘Glamping Globe’ on the roof of the Watergate? Yes please.

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back on Thursday!

– Buffy

Friday roundup – January 25 through 29, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPY 
– David Biemesderfer, the new president and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, shared why he is excited to take the helm of the growing organization and to support the work of WRAG and our regional association colleagues in his new role. (Daily, 1/27)

– Exponent Philanthropy, the Fund for Shared Insight, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy presented a video series called Philanthropy Lessons in which funders share their experiences and what they’ve learned in their philanthropic careers. Check out the first two videos in the series and stay tuned for more through June.

THIS WEEK IN PRISON REFORM/MASS INCARCERATION
– A task force recommended an overhaul of federal prisons to reduce the number of inmates by 60,000 people in the next 10 years. The federal task force also recommended that mandatory minimum sentences only be issued to the most violent offenders, citing drug crimes as a major reason for overcrowding in prisons. (NPR, 1/26)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
A report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development found that, despite a narrowing racial gap in business ownership between 2007 and 2012, white-owned businesses continued to be much more successful than those of their black counterparts. The study also found disparities in the performance of  women-owned businesses versus male-owned businesses. (WSJ, 1/25)

– If You Want Clean Water, Don’t Be Black in America (City Lab, 1/26)


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The fascinating history of highway signs and their fonts.

– Ciara

Northern Virginia’s transformation over the years

VIRGINIA
Northern Virginia Magazine explores the changing economic, political, and social landscape of Northern Virginia over the past 10 years, and looks at some of the key moments that drove the transformation. (NVM, 1/22)

The U.S. census reports that 92 percent of residents in Fairfax County have a high school degree or higher—nearly 59 percent with a college degree. Of 1.1 million residents in Fairfax, there are nearly 250,000 between the ages of 20 and 34.

According to a demographic study by the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia has both the largest population among Virginia’s regions (nearly 3 million of the state’s total 8.3 million) and the fastest growth rate between 2010 and 2013 (5.9 percent). Nearly three-fifths of Virginia’s population growth since 2010 occurred in Northern Virginia.

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT | D.C. Transported Hundreds of People to Shelters and Warming Sites During the Blizzard (WCP, 1/25)

FOOD | Opinion: When it comes to “the food movement,” one writer ponders if there is more an illusion of progress than any actual action taking place. (WaPo, 1/26)

PRISON REFORM | A federal task force is recommending action to overhaul federal prisons and reduce the number of inmates by 60,000 people in the next 10 years. As the primary reason for prison overcrowding is mandatory minimum sentences issued for drug crimes, the task force recommends they be issued to only the most violent offenders. (NPR, 1/26)

HEALTH/AGING | As Population Ages, Where Are the Geriatricians? (NYT, 1/25)


Being extinct doesn’t mean you get out of shoveling snow.

– Ciara