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What Works News Round-Up – April 24, 2015

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

NBC News (4/23/15) Is Dirty Air Damaging The Brains Of Some City Dwellers?
Cty air pollution could hurt your brain, Harvard researchers suggested Thursday. Brain scans showed that seniors exposed to higher levels of the kind of small particle pollution that can come from car exhaust had a higher risk of mini-strokes and a smaller brain volume compared to those living in less-polluted areas.

Marketplace (4/23/15) Imagining Affordable Housing In New York
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to build or preserve 200,000 affordable housing units over the next decade. And not a moment too soon. An estimated half of New York renters lack affordable housing, meaning they spend more than a third of their salaries on rent.

The New York Times (4/21/15) New York City’s Environment Program Will Focus On Income Inequality
The city is pledging to lift 800,000 residents out of poverty or near-poverty in the next decade — the largest urban poverty reduction effort ever in the country, officials said — and significantly reduce the “racial/ethnic disparities” in premature mortality.

CityLab (4/21/15) The Latest Sign Of Bike-Share’s Social Equity Problem
Bike-share has a promising role to play in city transit networks, but its inability to reach low-income users has become an unsettling problem.

PEW Stateline (4/21/15) Attacking Homelessness With ‘Rapid Rehousing’
The rapid rehousing strategy is based on the idea that in a majority of cases, a little temporary housing help can prevent people on the edge of homelessness from falling over it.

The Atlantic (4/20/15) Unequal Until The End
Some assert that inequality is less of an issue in later life. The argument goes like this: While inequalities shape much of our lives—including where we are born, the schools we go to, and the jobs we get—the physical challenges of aging and the effects of programs such as Social Security and Medicare mean we play life’s end game on a relatively level playing field.

The Washington Post (4/20/15) Is Your Community A Good Place To Grow Old? Plug Your Zip Code Into AARP Tool To Find Out
The AARP Livability Index uses factors such as safety, security, ease of getting around, access to health care, housing affordability, and even the prevalence of WiFi, farmers markets and public policies that promote successful aging.

The New York Times (4/17/15) Overcoming Poverty’s Damage To Learning
In the weeks after 9/11, Pamela Cantor, a child psychiatrist specializing in trauma, was enlisted by the New York City Board of Education to lead a team studying the impact of the attacks on the city’s public school children.


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