Tag: welfare

A first-ever count of homeless D.C. youth

In an effort to better serve the city’s full homeless population, the District is conducting its first-ever count of homeless youth. The city currently has a goal of ending youth homelessness by the year 2020. (WAMU, 8/18)

The week-long census kicked off Monday and runs through Aug. 25. Service providers, city agencies and even some businesses are taking part in the count, which city officials say will help bring to light a population that isn’t often included in other homeless counts.


The District already takes part in an annual count of its homeless population. In May, the count revealed that on any given night, over 7,200 residents live on the street or in shelters throughout the city.

– A number of school districts in Maryland expect to see record spikes in public school enrollment this year. Montgomery County, in particular, is preparing for the surge in students (WaPo, 8/18):

In Montgomery, the state’s fastest-growing school system, the total increase in students since 2007 would be more than 18,700 if this year’s projections bear out. Last school year, the county’s enrollment climbed by 2,563 students.

Singe Moms and Welfare Woes: A Higher-Education Dilemma (Atlantic, 8/18)

ECONOMY/HOUSING | The District May Be Heading Towards Record High Residential Construction (District Measured, 8/18)

POVERTY | Stories about the struggles of being poor often go viral or are included in the opinion pages of major news outlets, but very few of them are written by individuals who have actually experienced poverty firsthand. Recently, a famed author took a look at just why these pieces typically come from more affluent writers. (HuffPo, 8/17)

Can you find these lesser-known monuments on a map?

– Ciara

A deeper look into the District’s 2016 budget

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) has released a Budget Toolkit full of resources that provide an in-depth analysis of the 2016 budget proposed by Mayor Bowser. You can access the toolkit here. (DCFPI, 4/21)

While the budget provides a record level to build affordable housing, it offers a much more modest increase to help families pay rent, yet rental assistance is key to making housing affordable to very low-income families. In addition, a one-year plan to keep families from being cut off the TANF welfare-to-work program gives the new mayor time to repair a flawed system, but leaves vulnerable families with too little to make ends meet, about $156 a month for a family of three. And the budget reduces some key programs, such as job training for adults. These programs face administrative and implementation problems that have kept them from fully spending available funds – and thus the reductions may make sense – but this highlights the urgency of strengthening programs critical to helping all residents thrive. These challenges could be addressed by the DC Council as it takes up the budget, or they will need to be addressed in future years.

The mayor’s budget shows that building a city where everyone can succeed requires substantial new commitments to housing, jobs, and other needs. In that light, the proposed revenue increases – which equal less than half of one percent of the budget – stand out as modest. Moreover, the revenue increases will fall on all residents instead of asking well-off residents to contribute more to building a stronger city. Given DC’s substantial income inequality – and the fact that taxes on DC residents are the lowest in region – raising additional revenues from residents most able to pay is a key to expanding economic opportunity to all residents.

Related: Last week, Ed Lazere of DCFPI clued us in to what funders should know about the District’s 2016 budget here. (Daily, 4/15)

– The Washington Area Women’s Foundation has released a new issue brief on the economic security of girls within the Washington region. Exploring demographic trends, the issue brief examines the challenges and opportunities girls in the region face as they move toward economic security as adults. The full issue brief can be found here. (WAWF, 4/21)

The New York Times takes a look at the “Missing Black Men” phenomenon in America, in which 1.5 million African American men are “missing,” due to early death or incarceration. (NYT, 4/20)

Opinion: What’s one good way to expand the tax base in Prince George’s County in order to boost the economy and fund public schools? Some say developing the underdeveloped areas surrounding the Metro stations in the area is a great place to start. (GGW, 4/21)

– The Washington region is the world’s 77th largest urban area (GGW, 4/20)

What’s it take to be wealthy in D.C.? Apparently a net worth of $1.25 million. (WaPo, 4/21)

Have you ever come across another person who looks a lot like you? Some people are taking to social media to find their doppelganger

– Ciara 


District to enforce welfare cutoff rules…Evaluating meaningful giving…MoCo is diverse, but is it integrated? [News, 11.3.11]

POVERTY | Due to tightening budgets, the District will begin enforcing welfare cutoff dates while helping recipients find new ways to transition. According to the Examiner, forty percent of the city’s population, or 232,000 people, receive some combination of welfare, Medicaid, and food stamps. (Examiner, 11/3)

LOCAL | Opinion: Montgomery may be diverse, but it’s not integrated yet (GGW, 11/3) It’s a good read – “[N]eighborhoods there aren’t as integrated as they could be, threatening the county’s ability to grow and prosper.”

ARTS | Earlier this year, Dance Metro DC split from its parent organization to become autonomous and has been relatively quiet since. The group, which was started with support from The Meyer Foundation, has received support from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation as it transitions to its next phase. Now the organization is planning its reemergence and is exploring ways of becoming self-sustaining. (City Paper, 11/3)

GIVING | In its annual giving section, the New York Times takes a look at the state of philanthropy in America. The lead article, titled  Donors Weigh the Ideals of Meaningful Giving, says,  “As America’s needs grow, philanthropy and how it is carried out are being questioned more closely.” (NYTimes, 11/2)

ICON | If you’re a native of the region or have kids in a local school, you know who Mac McGarry is. After fifty years hosting the quiz show It’s Academic, the 85 year-old McGarry will retire. I have many fond memories of spending Saturday mornings in the show’s NBC studio cheering for my school’s team (St. Anselm’s). Thanks, Mac, and enjoy retirement! (WTOP, 11/3)

SNOW | The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management has announced new guidelines for weather emergencies. They’ll make closure decisions earlier, err on the side of caution, and require employees who don’t leave the office to stay put until the storm is over. (WaPo, 11/3) Which really translates to more snow days!

YOUR INPUT, PLEASE | To our readers in the nonprofit sector – if you haven’t had a chance to do so, we’d appreciate your brief feedback on our proposed streamlining of the Common Grant Application. Please take a short survey here. Thank you!

Any James Bond fans out there? The next movie, with Daniel Craig, has announced it’s title – Skyfall – and will begin production today for release next year under the direction of Sam Mendes (American Beauty). I’m excited for it.

Try not to get this stuck in your head.