Affordable housing is top of the list of human rights concerns in Arlington, that’s according to a recent forum held by the Human Rights Commission. More on that later, but first…
The January 1st County Board Organizational meeting, saw Board Chair Mary Hynes announce support for a community facilities study to identify areas that need improvement for both schools and county. The study will include community input.
To learn more about the study, you can watch her speech and read her remarks in full at countyboard.arlingtonva.us. Just click on the Members tab for Mary Hynes.
The recent winter weather is a reminder that we need to be prepared. Report a snow issue, learn how the County handles winter weather and check delays at arlingtonva.us keyword “snow.” You can also sign up for Arlington Alert to receive text or email messages, and updates in the case of an emergency.
Join us on Saturday, January 31 for a new take on the Energy Journey Game. It’s a life-sized board game for kids and adults that’s both fun and educational. You’re guaranteed to come away with some new energy-savings tips. So stop by Wakefield High School between 1 and 4pm for the free event. You can choose to RSVP or volunteer online.
And here’s another volunteer opportunity for you. How many homeless people are living on Arlington’s streets? Well the annual ‘Point in Time Count’ physically counts each one on a given night of the year. And you can take part in this extraordinary event, by signing up online at volunteer.arlingtonva.us. Or, check with A-SPAN, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, to find out what you can do to help end homelessness in Arlington. This year’s count will take place from sunset on January 28 to sunrise on January 29
And for those of us fortunate enough not to be homeless, are you fully aware of your housing rights? Well the Arlington Human Rights Commission can tell you. It’s focusing on the ongoing need for affordable and fair housing. And at a recent event, commissioners were keen to emphasis the difference between both affordable and fair housing. And you can find out more about your housing rights, or even get involved by visiting our website, keyword, human rights.
Do you know someone who passionately supports our parks and natural resources? Then nominate them for the Bill Thomas Award. It’s a way of honoring lifelong parks volunteer Bill Thomas and Arlington residents who support our dynamic programs, natural resources, and public open spaces. More information about the award and how to nominate an outstanding parks volunteer is on the Parks Department website.
Lastly, many residents honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the 46th Arlington annual tribute. There was art, music, and dancing, and a moving tribute to Dr. King by Judge William T. Newman, Jr.