What Sugar Hill’s “tough” architecture says about low-income housing

By Carlos Martín  ::  October 14th, 2014

Low-income housing is not typically associated with high-end architectural design. The recent completion of New York’s Sugar Hill Development, designed by noted architect David Adjaye, questioned this breach. Though response to the building’s unusual structure has been mixed, New York Times’ art and architectural columnist Michael Kimmelman speculates that Adjaye is asking: “Why is it that [...]

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The intersecting worlds of education and community development policy

By Megan Gallagher and Eric Burnstein  ::  October 13th, 2014

Until recently, many funders, policy researchers, and advocates thought of K-12 education and community development as separate spheres. But that is changing. In cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, planners are thinking of schools as amenities that can attract middle-class families.  Those interested in community development and education are beginning to accept that these [...]

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What do we know about child care assistance for parents in education and training programs?

By Gina Adams  ::  October 10th, 2014

As we have moved through the economic downturn, there has been a lot of discussion about the importance of helping low-income individuals go to college and providing job training so workers can take advantage of new economic opportunities. But as a child care expert, I have been worried about whether and how low-skilled parents with [...]

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Helping low-income parents move up through education and training

By Lauren Eyster  ::  October 10th, 2014

Education and training programs can help low-income parents improve their skills and move up to better-paying jobs, but many families face significant challenges paying for school expenses, juggling work and school, and arranging child care. Knowing more about who these parents are can help shape public policies and programs that support families’ work and education [...]

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Incomplete OIG report overstates the risks of FHFA sunset plan

By Laurie Goodman and Jun Zhu  ::  October 10th, 2014

This post originally appeared on HousingWire.com. The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Inspector General (OIG) issued a report in September — “FHFA’s Representation and Warranty Framework” — lambasting the FHFA’s failure to adequately assess the risks of its plan to reduce loan put-backs for banks and mortgage lenders. Our analysis of recent, more tailored data, however, reveals that the OIG’s [...]

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A picture of the 6 million uninsured not eligible for assistance

By Anna Spencer  ::  October 9th, 2014

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offered the potential to extend health coverage to millions of Americans. But because 23 states opted not to expand Medicaid, 6.3 million uninsured adults have fallen into what’s being called the coverage gap, meaning they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid—but not enough to qualify for [...]

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Food and medical benefits don’t reach many eligible families in need

By Pam Loprest  ::  October 8th, 2014

Evidence shows that public benefits for food and medical needs can lift families out of poverty and support their ability to get and keep jobs, but only if assistance gets to those in need. In five states alone—Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, and South Carolina—over 1.1 million people eligible for food and medical assistance were [...]

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Housing - and visualizing - DC's booming population

By Peter Tatian  ::  October 7th, 2014

In the third chapter of the Urban Institute’s series on the population boom currently underway in the nation’s capital, we turn to housing. Washington, DC has added more than 74,000 residents since 2000. As the map of new residential development below illustrates, thousands of properties in every section of the city have been built or [...]

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Five cities with the most racially uneven housing market recoveries

By Bing Bai and Taz George  ::  October 6th, 2014

The housing bust, and the stunted recovery that followed, were back-to-back blows to many African American and Hispanic communities, where more households entered the market just before the crash, only to be locked out once prices began to bounce back. We visualized this story by mapping over 100 million mortgages from 2001 to 2013 and [...]

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