Friday Round-Up: This Week in the News

“The affordable housing proposal also includes a $1 million increase in the home purchase assistance program, $300,000 for a Ward 7 and 8 homeownership campaign and a $250,000 increase to the Office of the Tenant Advocate’s emergency housing funding.” Gray’s FY15 Budget Features Large Investment in Schools, Affordable Housing (DCist)

“In addition to offering the conference’s welcome speech Monday, he will host a lunch Tuesday for mayors from across North Texas to discuss how domestic violence ravages their communities.” Dallas turns purple for domestic violence awareness (Dallas News)

“Courtney’s path to homeownership was through a Habitat for Humanity program that provides loans to people who work and earn enough to pay for a mortgage, but not enough to qualify for a traditional bank loan.” Habitat for Humanity helps Edmonson Heights resident achieve her goal (Baltimore Sun)

“The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.” 10 Poverty Myths, Busted (Mother Jones)

“’The full test of how adequate our anti-poverty policy is can’t simply be, have we moved people above a line?’ he says. ‘Or by cutting this program or that program, are we moving more people below the line?’” Finding a More Nuanced View of Poverty’s ‘Black Hole’ (NPR)

“One in four of us directly experiences mental health problems. Yet somehow we still fear.” An Illness, Inherited? (New York Times)

“Artists Ben Slow, David Shillnglaw, Best Ever, Josh Jeavons and Jim McElvany volunteered their talents to the campaign, crafting beautiful homages poised to raise awareness to the plight of youth homelessness in the country.” Heartbreaking Murals Tell True Stories of Homeless Youth (Huffington Post)

“The park would cross the Anacostia adjacent to the new, car-and-bike-and-pedestrian-transporting span. It would link booming Navy Yard with historic Anacostia, perhaps bringing some of the amenities found west of the river to the east.” “DC High Line” could transform the banks of the Anacostia (Elevation DC)

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