Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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