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2015 American Housing Survey Statistics for Selected Metropolitan Areas

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Statistics,Urban Issues

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-tps01.html

Press release announcing availability of housing statistics for major metro areas including the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-DC-VA-MD-WV area.  Data include housing costs, repair frequency, reason for moving, and even food insecurity.  Requires use of AHS Table Creator to build customized tables.  From the Census Bureau

 

Cabinet Exit Memos: Our Record of Progress and the Work Ahead

https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet/exit-memos

A series of memos from members of the Obama cabinet summarizing accomplishments over the past eight years and offering a vision for the country’s future.  Includes a cover letter from the president.   From the White House

 

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

 

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