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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U. S. Households in 2015

http://www.federalreserve.gov/2015-report-economic-well-being-us-households-201605.pdf

Finds American families experiencing mild improvement but many struggling financially.  Covers overall well-being of households, income and savings behavior, economic preparedness, access to banking and credit, housing decisions, auto purchases and lending, education including student loans, and retirement planning.  From the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

 

FHFA’s Administrative Reform of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Housing Finance System

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Housing/Homelessness

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44506.pdf

Reviews the progress of housing reforms by the Federal Housing Finance Agency since the 2008 financial crisis including Credit Risk Transactions, the Common Securitization Platform, and Single Security type mortgage-backed securities.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Consumer Expenditures Midyear Update, July 2014 Through June 2015 Average

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/cesmy_04152016.pdf

Reports that average consumer expenditures were up 5.9% compared with the 2013-2014 midyear average.  Average incomes also increased by 6.6%.  Covers average household expenditures by specific categories.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

(education     energy     food/nutrition     health/medical     housing/homelessness     prices/inflation     statistics     transportation)

Rough Sleeping (England)

Categories: Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN02007/SN02007.pdf

Provides background information on homelessness in England including causes, the extent and severity of the problem, and government initiatives to reduce and prevent homelessness.  House of Commons Briefing Paper SN02007

 

Survey of Market Absorption of New Multifamily Units: Annual 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/housing/soma/files/annual15/ann15-report.pdf

Annual survey that measures how quickly privately financed, unfurnished units in buildings with five or more units are rented or sold after completion.  Also contains data on characteristics of the units and historical trends.  From the Census Bureau

 

Chronic Homelessness: Background, Research, and Outcomes

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Disability,Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Mental Health,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44302.pdf

Defines and offers estimates of the extent of the problem, describes characteristics of those who are chronically homeless, and discusses research/actions designed to reduce or end the problem. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Federal Role in the Financing of Multifamily Rental Properties

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Housing/Homelessness

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51006-Multifamily_Housing.pdf

Examines the pros and cons of federal support for the multifamily mortgage market, the costs and risks to the government, and options for changing the federal role. From the Congressional Budget Office

 

The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1: Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness

Categories: Children,Headlines,Housing/Homelessness,Statistics,Veterans

https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2015-AHAR-Part-1.pdf

Reports on an overall 11% decrease in homelessness in the U.S. and a 26% drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when the Opening Doors strategy was launched to prevent and end homelessness. See also statistics for homelessness by state and sub-state units. Also reports on child, family, veteran, and chronic homelessness. From the Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

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