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New American Housing Survey Statistics Provide Insight on U.S. Food Insecurity, Housing and Neighborhood Topics

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-193.html

Press release with information on American households including, for the first time in the 42 year history of the American Housing Survey, information on food security status.  10.5 million households or 8.9% reported a lack of money to buy adequate amounts of food.  Also covers housing costs, home financing, home improvements, and neighborhood characteristics.  From the Census Bureau

 

Family Options Study: 3-Year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Urban Issues

https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/Family-Options-Study-Full-Report.pdf

Presents results of a lengthy study on the most cost-effective ways to house and serve homeless families.  Tracks 2,200 families and concludes that a long-term subsidy, usually a Housing Choice voucher, led to the best outcomes for reducing homelessness.  From the Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

The Effects of Increasing Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s Capital

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

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/52089-gse-report.pdf

Examines a scenario where the two government-sponsored enterprises would be allowed to retain an average of $5 billion of their profits annually to invest in Treasury securities and expand the amount available for mortgage underwriting.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Categories: African Americans,History,Housing/Homelessness,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

http://mappinginequality.us/

Interactive mapping scene which allows user to select an American city and view maps deriving from the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a Depression era federal government program which provided information to financial institutions about investment risks and served to ghettoize African Americans and other minorities.  A joint project of librarians at the University of Maryland, University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech.

 

Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0539/POST-PN-0539.pdf

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Characteristics of New Housing 2015

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/

Provides annual statistics on the characteristics of new privately owned  residential structures by region, including number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, source of financing, and presence of homeowner’s association.  From the Census Bureau

 

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

 

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