Hidden in plain sight: labor trafficking in the United States

By Matthew Johnson  ::  October 21st, 2014

Below is an excerpt from an interactive feature about a comprehensive new study on labor trafficking in the United States, led by Colleen Owens and Meredith Dank of the Urban Institute, and Amy Farrell of Northeastern University. Human trafficking generates a lot of media coverage in the United States, but that reporting often focuses on [...]

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The six things we like most in the CFPB's new mortgage data proposal

By Ellen Seidman  ::  October 20th, 2014

Laurie Goodman, Wei Li, Carlos Martín, Jim Parrott, Kathy Pettit, and Peter Tatian contributed to this post. In 2010, Congress directed the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to collect more and better mortgage application and origination data. In July, the CFPB released its comprehensive proposal to improve mortgage data collection. We like six things [...]

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There's more than one way to measure recidivism

By Ryan King  ::  October 17th, 2014

As long as Californians are footing the bill for public safety, it is critical that state corrections leaders track the success of public safety programs in the most precise and accurate way. The state is currently engaged in an important conversation about how it measures rates of reoffending for people who have been in the [...]

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What you should know about victims who get billed for rape exams

By Janine Zweig  ::  October 17th, 2014

Last month, Times-Picayune reporter Rebecca Catalanello revealed that rape victims in Louisiana often are faced with large bills after undergoing medical forensic exams. Since then, I’ve received many inquiries from media outlets and policy advocates: Why are rape victims on the hook for paying for these exams? Is the practice in Louisiana legal? Is it [...]

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Is there a ticking time bomb in the housing market?

By Maia Woluchem  ::  October 16th, 2014

During the housing boom, origination of second mortgages surged to historic levels as homeowners sought to take cash out of appreciating homes or finance a home purchase without private mortgage insurance.  A large percent of these second mortgages are now poised to reset over the next several years, which will increase monthly payments for many [...]

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Five reasons why educators should care about housing policy (and vice versa)

By Justin Milner  ::  October 15th, 2014

Earlier this year, I asked a mayoral aide in a major American city where student housing ranks on their list of priorities. “Outside of the top 20,” she answered. While this may not be true for school districts across the country, the takeaway is clear: education agencies have their hands full. As the great educator [...]

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What can we learn from stop and frisk?

By Nancy La Vigne and Shebani Rao  ::  October 15th, 2014

Perspectives on policing vary considerably. It’s like the parable about the group of blindfolded people in a room who all touch different parts of the elephant and have distinctly different notions of what it is. Depending on who you are and where you sit, you have a different perception of where the field of policing [...]

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Practical steps to improve the life chances of poor children

By Margery Turner  ::  October 15th, 2014

Too often, federal programs designed to help low-income families pay for housing end up subsidizing them to live in distressed and dangerous neighborhoods. A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) finds that nearly 4 million children are in families that receive federal rental assistance. Almost one in five of these [...]

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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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