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Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center

What happens when families lose housing assistance?  We don't know

Housing assistance can help stabilize families.  What happens when assistance is lost is often a very bumpy and traumatic transition.


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What happens when families lose housing assistance?

The Metro Center's work concentrates on the communities—housing developments, neighborhoods, cities, and suburbs—that make up America's urban regions. Our research investigates factors that shape the quality of life in these communities, the opportunities they offer residents, and the effectiveness of federal, state, and local public policies that govern urban housing and neighborhoods.

Hispanics make up an increasing share of the household-forming population as well as those working the housing industry.  Read more

Performance measurement for place-based initiatives
Data-driven planning can help keep place-based initiatives on track.  Read more

Will decreasing our national poverty rate actually improve lives?
On poverty, near-poverty, and family well-being.  Read more


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