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Issues of modern homelessness – broad, complex, affecting too many of our neighbors, communities

Gretchen Keillor’s new data project – Understanding Homelessness: “From the system perspective, a society with a lack of supportive and health services, a suffering economy, or a lack of affordable housing can be challenging for individuals on the brink of homelessness. From an individual perspective, these people can be classified as those unable to work… Continue Reading

2015 American Housing Survey National and Metropolitan Area Public Use File Microdata and Codebook

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the microdata and codebook for the 2015 American Housing Survey, which includes the National Public Use File. The release  contains records for the national sample and the 15 largest metropolitan areas, as well as the Metropolitan Public Use File containing records for 10 additional metropolitan areas. Microdata are files… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – The County With the Most Expensive Housing Market in Every State

“Home prices are higher today than they were before the housing bubble. Because incomes have increased at a slower pace than housing prices, however, housing affordability has actually declined. Housing prices also vary considerably within states. To determine the county with the most expensive housing market in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed median home… Continue Reading

Responding to the Mortgage Crisis: Three Cleveland Examples

Keating, W. Dennis and Lind, Kermit J., Responding to the Mortgage Crisis: Three Cleveland Examples (2012). Keating, W. Dennis, and Kermit J. Lind. “Responding to the mortgage crisis: Three Cleveland examples.” The Urban Lawyer (2012): 1-35.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2931450 “The Mortgage Crisis hit Cleveland early and in circumstances different from most other cities. Cleveland… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board Beige Book – March 01, 2017

“National Summary – This report was prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York based on information collected on or before February 17, 2017. This document summarizes comments received from contacts outside the Federal Reserve System and is not a commentary on the views of Federal Reserve officials. Overall Economic Activity – Reports from… Continue Reading

Lodging, Office and Commercial Construction Grew in 2016

“Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released monthly construction spending for January 2017 as well as revised estimates for 2016. Total construction spending in 2016 was estimated at $1,164 billion. This represents a 4.7 percent increase from 2015. Sectors that showed the largest percentage increases were: Lodging (25.4 percent). Office (25.1 percent). Commercial (11.3 percent). Private… Continue Reading

New Housing Vacancy Survey Annual Statistics

“The U.S. Census Bureau released annual statistics for the 2016 vacancy rates, homeownership rates and characteristics of units available for occupancy for the United States, regions, states and the 75 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Data for all geographies are from the Current Population Survey and are available both quarterly and annually. Homeownership rates are also… Continue Reading

Report – A Close Look at the Decline of Homeownership

Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Liberty Street Economics – Andrew Haughwout, Richard Peach, and Joseph Tracy, February 17, 2017 “The homeownership rate—the percentage of households that own rather than rent the homes that they live in—has fallen sharply since mid-2005. In fact, in the second quarter of 2016 the homeownership rate fell to… Continue Reading

GAO – HUD Needs to Address Significant Weaknesses in Its Cost Estimating Practice

“The cost estimates that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed for the four selected information technology (IT) investments were unreliable and, thus, lacked a sound basis for informing the department’s investment and budgetary decisions. GAO’s Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide (Cost Guide) defines best practices that are associated with four characteristics of… Continue Reading

Research – Basic Facts about Low-Income Children in America

National Center for Children in Poverty Report January 2017 – “Among all children under 18 years in the U.S., 43 percent live in low-income families and 21 percent—approximately one in five—lives in a poor family. This means that children are overrepresented among our nation’s poor; they represent 23 percent of the population but comprise 33… Continue Reading

New OECD Affordable Housing Database

“Access to good-quality affordable housing is a fundamental need and key to achieving a number of social policy objectives, including reducing poverty and enhancing equality of opportunity, social inclusion and mobility. Housing needs are frequently unmet, and today a significant number of people across the OECD are homeless and too many households live in low-quality… Continue Reading

President Donald J. Trump Announces His Cabinet

White House prress release, February 8, 2017 reflects a cabinet with designees still awaiting confirmation: President Donald J. Trump today formally announced the 24 people who will be serving with him on his Cabinet. Unfilled positions – Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, EPA, HUD, Interior, Labor, Small Business, Veterans Affairs, OMB, Director of National Intelligence and the… Continue Reading