Breakfast links: DC mayor highlights affordable housing, Metro funding, education, and more in annual State of the District speech

DC mayor’s speech makes family leave and infrastructure funding top priorities

Mayor Bowser called for federal properties, like RFK Stadium, to be handed over to DC, support for DC to get statehood, more funding for bridges and roads, and better family leave and child care policy. She also reaffirmed DC’s commitment to being a Sanctuary City.  (Martin Austermuhle / WAMU 88.5)

Affordable housing is a priority in Bowser’s agenda

During her State of the District speech, Mayor Bowser encouraged support for affordable housing initiatives, including adding more than $100 million to the Housing Production Trust Fund. Affordable housing may also be the cornerstone of her reelection campaign.   (Post)

$5 million in federal funding for WMATA may be coming soon

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an emergency bill to create the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, which will have oversight of WMATA. This also means that Metro may get almost $5 million in federal funding that was held up pending the commission’s creation.   (Dan Menefee / Maryland Reporter)

DC’s new Medicaid home-care threshold leaves former beneficiaries in the lurch

DC adjusted its income threshold for Medicaid home-care, leaving many former beneficiaries without coverage. With daily home-care costs often totaling hundreds of dollars, these former recipients are looking for options.  (Zach Rausnitz / Washington City Paper)

Runners, lace up! Crystal City’s 5K races are back

Get ready to run! Weekly 5K races, organized by the Arlington Business Improvement District, begin again in April. The races are every Friday and are followed by bar and restaurant deals.  (Chris Teale / Arlington Now)

“We’re glad you’re our neighbor” signs took a long journey to DC

The now-famous “we’re glad you’re our neighbor” signs seen in DC started in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when local pastors began handing them out. One of them made its way to DC, and after being featured on PoPville, the rest is history.  (Mikaela Lefrak / WAMU 88.5)

The history of St. Elizabeths hospital is reflected in new exhibit

A new exhibit at the Building Museum sheds light on the history of mental illness treatment at St. Elizabeths hospital in DC and how the institution has reflected the nation’s changing attitudes towards and treatment for mental illness.  (Ally Schweitzer / WAMU)

DC drivers can’t put down their devices

DC drivers use their phones an average of 2.28 times a trip, far above the national average of 1.78 times. The findings come from usage data for an app called Life360, which lets family members keep track of one another, and indicate that DC is the fourth most distracted city in the country.  (Frederick Kunkle / Washington Post)

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