What is so complicated about homeless encampments in the District?
The subject of homeless encampments can be difficult to understand, and even more difficult to talk about. Homeless encampments affect not just the people who live in them but those who live around them. This article explores how this topic affects everyone.
Traveling exhibit visualizes redlining and systemic inequality
“Undesign the Redline” is an interactive look at how the effects of discriminatory selling practices present in the 1930s housing market still affect low-income neighborhoods today. The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) featured the exhibit as the centerpiece of its annual meeting and housing expo this year and in its downtown D.C. office throughout June.
Discrepancy in City’s Median Income
Funding for housing programs is based on the area median income as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The District is at a disadvantage because HUD defines the AMI to include all of the D.C. Metro Region, which means more affluent parts of Maryland and Virginia affect the data.
After 50 years, organizers reignite MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign
Earlier this month organizers hosted a mass meeting in D.C. as a revival of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, where grassroots activists and clergy leaders called for an end to systematic racism, inequality, and other forms of oppression in the District.
How inequality became the big issue troubling the world’s top economists
After a riveting keynote speech from Neil McInroy at this year’s Global Street Paper Summit, it is clear that social inequality is becoming a greater focus for economists. In a recent feature for The Conversation, Steve Schifferes, professor of financial journalism at the University of London, takes a deeper look at why social issues are increasingly being viewed as an economic problem.
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