Local Millennials Create App for Campus Sexual Assault Victims; U.S. Ranks 97th for Women in Politics

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Here’s what’s happening Today in the 914, according to Westchester Woman:?Local Millennials Create Reach Out App for Campus Sexual Assault Victims; U.S. Ranks 97th for Women in Politics; Deadline for Affordable Housing Applications is Aug. 19.

1.) After going off to different colleges, four friends from Horace Greeley High School would often talk about the prevalence of sexual assault on campuses and wanted to do something about it.

They created the Reach Out app, which is free for users and is?as a database for more than 2,400 colleges and universities that includes information on how to report a sexual assault, reach campus medical centers, and contact information about the school’s sexual violence services.

Read more about their app in lohud:

Chappaqua locals make app to tackle campus sex assault

“The resources were definitely out there and we just wanted to make something that made it easier for students to connect with those resources on campus.” It was never the intention of four recent college students to develop an app after graduation.

2.) The last day to apply for?Round 3 of the Westchester County Fair & Affordable Homeownership Program is Aug . 19.

Here’s the info from the Housing Action Council:

Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to purchase affordably priced condos in Bedford Hills and Pleasantville.? For those with a member of the household who is 55+,? condos are available at Jefferson Village in Yorktown.

In addition, there are detached single family homes with two, three and four bedroom homes in Tarrytown, Yorktown Heights, Cortlandt Manor and Ossining.? ?And those who want a townhome, consider Briar Commons in Briarcliff Manor.

But you have to apply.? Maximum income limits apply:?? $60,400 for a single person; $69,000 for a two person household; $77,650 for three persons; $86,250 for four persons; $93,150 for five persons; and $100,050 for six persons.

Applications must be received by August 19.? ?They can be hand-delivered to our office.?? Applications (Spanish and English) can be downloaded from our website at?www.housingactioncounil.org?? Dont hesitate to call us at (914) 332-4144 or email us at hac@affordablehomes.org

You’ll find the paperwork PDF applications below:

Purchase Assistance Program Application_3 Rounds (English)_6.21.16

Round 3 Properties_Features & Affordability Analyis (English)

 

3.) In 1997, America ranked 57th in the world when it comes to women in government. Now we are 97th. Vox explores why this is. One of their findings was that:

Women perceive politics as fundamentally harder than men do. They think races will be more competitive and harder to win. And in some ways, theyre right. Political scientists have found that women who do win office will face more challenges to keep their seats than men.

Read the full piece below:

In 1997, the US ranked 52nd in the world for women in government. Now we’re 97th.

One reason we might care about women in government is if we think they will govern differently – if we think different laws will get passed or certain topics discussed at greater length. There is research that shows this to be true: One paper from Swers at Georgetown found that female legislators consistently co-sponsor more bills related to women’s health than their male counterparts.

 

3.) Today’s headlines:

Video: St. Christopher’s school hosted its own Olympics

St. Christopher’s school hosted its own Olympics for the students at the school in Dobbs Ferry on Aug. 17, 2016. ( Carucha L. Meuse / The Journal News )

 

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