Tag: Seven Corners

A strong need for an affordable housing plan in Alexandria

AFFORDABLE HOUSING/VIRGINIA
Officials in Alexandria, Virginia came together this week to discuss the pressing need for more affordable housing in the city. Outside of funding woes, they agreed that there are a number of barriers to solving the problem around housing in the area. (Connection, 8/5)

According to a local Department of Social Services Report for 2014 […] 12,916 Alexandrians, or 9 percent of the local population live in poverty in Alexandria. 3,921 children, 15 percent of children in Alexandria, live in poverty. While this is slightly lower than the 15.7 percent of children across the state living in poverty, it’s higher than the 9.6 percent throughout Northern Virginia.

But in many cases, more funding towards affordable housing is just part of the problem. Carter Batey, chair of the Social Services Advisory Board, said language and culture can often be a barrier to helping some who qualify for affordable housing to actively seek it. Alan Dinsmore, also from the Commission on Aging, said he’s experienced this firsthand in trying to get the city’s Hispanic immigrants enrolled into affordable housing programs, whom he said often have a very different interpretation of “independent living” programs. According to Batey and others at the meeting, illegal immigrants in Alexandria often believe law enforcement will use social services programs to arrest and deport them.

CHILDREN/YOUTH
Zero to Three, a national organization focused on improving the lives of infants, presents new data on the health, family structure, and early education experiences of infants and toddlers in all 50 states and the District through a series of fact sheets.

Zero to Three’s State Baby Facts provide a snapshot of how very young children are faring in each state and the District of Columbia. The fact sheets help us understand what it is like to be a very young child in each state and the important resources that can change the future life course for the many children who are not getting off to the best start. These fact sheets present infant and toddler data in the framework of good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences and provide a comparison to national averages.

REGIONGreater Greater Washington takes a deeper look at plans for Seven Corners’ forthcoming redevelopment. (GGW, 8/5)

PHILANTHROPY/SOCIAL PROFITS | Opinion: Black Lives Matter Offers Lessons for Many Nonprofits and Foundations (Chronicle, 8/6)


Your preference for one of these two scenic photos can reveal a lot about your personality.

-Ciara 

A growing wealth gap between younger and older Americans

ECONOMY 
There’s an emerging, but not often discussed, wealth gap explored in a newly-released study – the growing wealth gap between young Americans (individuals under 40) and older Americans. The longitudinal study on the incomes of 40,000 families takes a look at how each generation has accumulated wealth. (WaPo, 7/29)

Basically, young people have always been poor. But looking beyond that basic trend, you can see that today’s young people are poorer than young people of the past.

The period of time in which someone is born can also have a dramatic effect on their wealth compared with other generations. The winners of this historical jackpot appear to be those who were born between 1930 and 1945 and came of age after World War II, who are sometimes called The Silent Generation.

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In just 25 years, the wealth gap between young and old people has yawned wider. In 1989, old families had 7.6 times as much median wealth as young families. By 2013, it had grown to 14.7 times.

According to the economists’ calculations, someone born in 1970 has a quarter less income and 40 percent less wealth than an identical person born in 1940.

– In this blog post, the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis dives into District taxpayer data in order to analyze an individual’s likelihood of income mobility. (District Measured, 7/28)

YOUTH/SOCIAL JUSTICE
Opinion: In D.C.’s ward 8, spikes in violence and a continuing struggle to get widespread neighborhood buy-in for programs aimed at improving circumstances for residents have left some officials perplexed. (WaPo. 7/28)

Meant To Keep Youths Out of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There (NPR, 7/29)

HEALTHCARE/REGION | Medicare turns 50 this week. To mark the occasion, take a look at how many people are impacted by the program in our region. (WBJ, 7/29)

TRANSIT | Silver Line is a mixed blessing for Metro riders (WaPo, 7/28)

REGION | The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a redevelopment plan for the Seven Corners area after a lengthy debate (WaPo, 7/29):

The plan would create three villages and add several thousand homes to the area, along with restaurants, shops and a street grid that could draw local traffic away from the confusing Seven Corners intersection.


This Friday, you may find yourself doing those things you usually only claim to do once in a blue moon.

– Ciara