Community Development Digest

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Times Columnist Questions U.S. Affordable Housing Policy

Thomas Edsall, a political columnist for the New York Times, argues that the affordable housing industry is largely responsible for the concentrated poverty characterizing the United States today.

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DC Eyes ‘Density Bonus’ for Affordable Housing Developers

Planners in Washington, DC are proposing a density bonus for developers who build affordable units with at least three bedrooms. The bonus would affect an area near the home stadium of DC’s major league baseball team, the Nationals. The three-bedroom condition is an effort by DC housing officials to ensure that the city's affordable-housing stock includes options for families.

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Neighborhood Development in Washington, DC: A Case Study

Sustaining development momentum in Washington, DC in an equitable became the major focus of an inaugural community development summit attended by nearly 300 people this past week

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Unique Workforce Development Initiatives Surface in DC

Officials in the District of Columbia are exploring a simple concept: that if every business in the DC hires an unemployed worker, unemployment could be eliminated. Thus, the city has launched its “One City, One Hire” program.

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DC Area Internship Grants Available Through HAND

The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) will soon make available funding for summer intern programs at community and affordable housing development organizations in the Washington, DC, metro region.

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Affordable Housing in DC to See $100 Million Boost

The $100 million will come from a $417 million prior-year budget surplus and will be a one-time commitment.

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National Development Council Academy Slated for April

The theme of this year's event is "Delivering Community Results in Difficult Times," and it will offer different sessions on specific financing tools and development strategies. The group plans to help communities take projects from the planning stage all the way to reality.

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DC Area Nonprofits Sought for Philanthropy Catalogue

They aim to raise the visibility of small community-focused nonprofits by way of a catalogue that is distributed to 25,000 high net-worth individuals encouraging them to donate to vetted, community nonprofits.

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DC's First 'Living Building' Gets Funding Via Budget Challenge

The DC Department of General Services, which acquires and manages properties for city agencies, will partner with the District's Department of the Environment to establish a building as part of the international Living Building Challenge.

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DC Zoning Code Gets Overhaul

The biggest changes will affect neighborhood parking as the revamped code calls for the removal of parking minimums by developers in downtown and high-density parking areas, along with set-asides for car-sharing and increased bike parking.

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