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In a Recovering Market, Homeownership Rates Are Down Sharply for Blacks, Young Adults

“Even as home values climb back from the dramatic fall that helped set off the Great Recession, homeownership in the United States stands at its lowest level in at least 20 years. As of the third quarter of this year only 63.5% of households own their homes, down significantly from the modern peak of 69.0%… Continue Reading

GAO Report on Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans: Management Improvements Could Help VA Better Identify Supportive-Housing Projects, GAO-17-101: Published: Dec 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2016. “As of September 2016, for veterans who were homeless or at risk of homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had developed 35 enhanced-use leases (EUL) for supportive-housing with low cost rental housing and… Continue Reading

A history of global living conditions in 5 charts

“A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are getting better, in the US they were only 6%, and in Germany only 4%. Very few people think that the world is getting better. What is… Continue Reading

NYT – The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz

The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz, McKenzie Funk, NY Times, Nov. 19, 2016 [Commentary/Op-Ed] “For several years, a data firm eventually hired by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, has been using Facebook as a tool to build psychological profiles that represent some 230 million adult Americans. A spinoff of a British consulting company and… Continue Reading

New York Times series on private equity and privatization of services and products

Part 1: When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers “The business of driving ambulances and operating fire brigades represents just one facet of a profound shift on Wall Street and Main Street alike, a New York Times investigation has found. Since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms, the “corporate raiders” of an earlier… Continue Reading

Open Data Network

Via Socrata – Publish data and share. Find data and build. Answer questions. Search Data Categories that include: finance, public safety, infrastructure, environment, demographics, transportation, economy, health, education, housing & development, social services, politics and recreation. Users may use an API or link to the host data. Continue Reading

Congressional caucus of conservative Republicans seek to revoke over 200 regulations

House conservatives want Trump to undo regulations on climate, school lunches and Uber – “The House Freedom Caucus list covers 232 regulations, including funding for smoke-free public housing and paid sick leave for federal contractors.” From the caucus mission statement of this invitation-only group formed in 2015: “The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to… Continue Reading

New American Community Survey Data Now Available in Social Explorer Reports

“The newly released data from the 2011-15 American Community Survey are now available on Social Explorer. Subscribers can access the new data through our reports. The companion interactive maps will be our site in the next few days. Stay tuned for updates. The American Community Survey (ACS) is an extensive annual survey administered by the Census Bureau… Continue Reading

NYU Furman Center Launches, Hub for NYC Housing and Neighborhood Data

“Today, the NYU Furman Center announced the launch of a new online hub for New York City housing and neighborhood data. standardizes datasets from a variety of city, state, and federal sources to present over 100 indicators describing New York City’s housing and neighborhoods. It is the city’s most comprehensive resource for property-level subsidized… Continue Reading

New Census Data Show Differences Between Urban and Rural Populations

“People who live in rural areas are more likely to own their own homes, live in their state of birth and have served in the military than their urban counterparts, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey…As the nation’s largest household survey, the American Community Survey is the only… Continue Reading

Brookings Report – The Wealthy-Hand-to-Mouth

“In “The Wealthy-Hand-to-Mouth,” authors Greg Kaplan of Princeton University, Giovanni Violante of New York University and Justin Weidner of Princeton University find that both the wealthy hand-to-mouth (those with little or no liquid wealth but substantial holdings of illiquid assets – those that carry a transaction cost to access, such as housing, large durables, or… Continue Reading

American dream of exceeding income of parents drops to 50% for children born in 1985

Distributional National Accounts: Methods and Estimates for the United States – Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics); Emmanuel Saez (UC Berkeley and NBER); Gabriel Zucman (UC Berkeley and NBER). December 2, 2016 Abstract – “This paper combines tax, survey, and national accounts data to estimate the distribution of national income in the United States since… Continue Reading