Tag: public housing

Reported HIV cases decrease for seventh year in a row

HIV/AIDS
According to a new report released by the D.C. Department of Health, the number of reported annual new HIV cases is down for the seventh consecutive year. (DCist, 2/2)

The report shows preliminary data for 2014, which includes 396 new HIV cases – a 29 percent decrease from the 553 cases reported in 2013. The highest number of HIV cases was reported in 2007 with 1,333 cases. Since then, numbers are down by 70 percent.

Executive director of the Washington AIDS Partnership, Channing Wickham, had this to say of the news:

I’m very pleased to see the hard work of the nonprofit community, the D.C. Department of Health, and the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) reflected in the latest data for new HIV cases.  At the same time, it’s imperative to remember the thousands of District residents who are living with HIV and the need to continue and expand HIV prevention efforts.

REGION/ECONOMY | A new study by the Brookings Institution ranks the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area against 99 other metro regions in the U.S. in terms of recovery from the Great Recession. The study rates the D.C. area’s performance as: 71st in “growth;” 91st in “prosperity;” 72nd in “inclusion;” and 77th in “inclusion by race.” (DCist, 2/2)

HOUSING/DISTRICT | Some 7,300 households rely on public housing in the District. With a number of public housing properties slated for overdue rehabilitation or replacement, DC Fiscal Policy Institute shares some of the risks this could cause for families who may be displaced, and offers recommendations for their protection. (DCFPI, 1/27)

WORKFORCE/SOCIAL PROFITS | Hiring Keeps Rising at Nonprofits in N.Y and D.C., Study Says (Chronicle, 2/2)  Subscription required

YOUTH/EDUCATION
– The District and the D.C. Public Library have announced a new program, Books from Birth, that will send enrolled children a book every month until the age of five. The program is a partnership between the city and the Dollywood Foundation. (WCP, 2/2)

How Rich Parents Can Exacerbate School Inequality (Atlantic, 1/28)

ARTS/RACIAL EQUITY | Opinion: A writer shares his experiences witnessing slotting, tokenism, and dehumanization in the nonprofit theater sector. (NPQ, 1/29)

POVERTY | OpinionWhat Data Can Do To Fight Poverty (NYT, 1/29)


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A long-term look at child poverty in America

POVERTY
With 40 years of data, a new analysis by the Urban Institute finds that two in five American children experience poverty at some point during childhood. The study also looks at how a child’s future adult success is affected by their parent’s circumstances. (Urban Institute, 9/9)

One in every five children currently lives in poverty, but nearly twice as many experience poverty sometime during childhood. Using 40 years of data, this analysis follows children from birth to age 17, then through their 20s, to examine how childhood poverty and family and neighborhood characteristics relate to achievement in young adulthood, such as completing high school by age 20, enrolling in postsecondary education by age 25, completing a four-year college degree by age 25, and being consistently employed from ages 25 to 30. Parents’ education achievement, residential stability, and neighborhood quality all relate to adult success.

COMMUNITY | Congratulations to Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, president and CEO of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, on being named one of Washington Business Journal‘s 2016 Women Who Mean Business. Read more about her receiving the honor here. (WBJ, 9/11)

PHILANTHROPY | Operating and being an employee of a family foundation can come with its own very unique set of challenges. Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation in Boston, shares how he manages to avoid pitfalls and maintain his family’s legacy. (NYT, 9/11)

EDUCATION/DISTRICTSchool choice complicates Promise Neighborhood’s efforts to help kids (WaPo, 9/12)

HOUSING
– Many conflicting studies exist on the topics of gentrification and displacement. While researchers look for a narrative within data they gather on neighborhoods experiencing major changes, it’s possible that no study has really gotten the story “right” yet. (WaPo, 9/14)

Opinion: Five myths about public housing (WaPo, 9/11)

FINANCIAL LITERACY |  Pitfalls for the Unwary Borrower Out on the Frontiers of Banking (NYT, 9/13)


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