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Improving the Social Safety Net Before the Next Disaster (Press Release)
Urban Institute

The structural complexity and inadequate benefits of four essential government programs made it hard for them to respond quickly and effectively to the deep-seated needs of people harmed by Hurricane Katrina, says a new Urban Institute study.

Posted to Web: June 27, 2006Publication Date: June 27, 2006

HUD Disappoints in Housing Crisis (Commentary)
Margery Austin Turner

Margery Turner, director of the Urban Institute’s Center on Metropolitan Housing and Communities, offers a series of options to more quickly rehabilitate housing in New Orleans. In this Times Picayune commentary, Turner urges more innovation and action by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, particularly in the areas of public housing and interim solutions.

Posted to Web: June 03, 2006Publication Date: June 03, 2006

Insuring Against Catastrophes: The Lessons from Katrina (Series/After Katrina)
Rudolph G. Penner

Doing away with disaster assistance entirely is impractical and relying on it as the sole response to catastrophes is unfair. Some sort of modestly subsidized government catastrophic insurance would seem be a reasonable compromise between insurance mandates and disaster assistance strategies.

Posted to Web: May 30, 2006Publication Date: May 30, 2006

Testimony to the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: Budget Hearing for the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (Testimony)
Peter A. Tatian

The latest data for the District of Columbia indicate that the share of mortgage loans from subprime lenders is declining, but differences across wards and racial and ethnic groups point to areas where predatory or illegal practices might be occurring. The Council can consider several measures to address these concerns, including providing better education and credit counseling for homebuyers, requiring more reporting by mortgage lenders, and testing mortgage lenders for fair housing practices.

Posted to Web: May 04, 2006Publication Date: May 04, 2006

Testimony Related to Provisions of S. 1801, The Community Partnership to End Homelessness Act of 2005: Statement of Martha R. Burt before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee , Housing and Transportation Subcommittee (Testimony)
Martha R. Burt

In her Senate testimony, Dr. Martha Burt identifies the federal policy commitments that have brought homeless assistance systems throughout the nation to their current status: the passage of the McKinney Act of 1987, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's initiation of the Continuum of Care process in 1996, and the federal government's 2001 commitment to end chronic homelessness. She reviews aspects of S. 1801, the Community Partnership to End Homelessness Act of 2005, that would strengthen and advance current trends, and then focuses on four aspects of S. 1801's provisions.

Posted to Web: March 30, 2006Publication Date: March 30, 2006

DCHA Rent Supplement Act of 2006 : Testimony to the D.C. City Council on Bill 16-661 (Testimony)
Peter A. Tatian

The most recent data show a strong need for additional rental assistance in the District of Columbia, and years of experience around the country have demonstrated that a rent supplement program, such as the one the Council is considering, can be an effective means to provide such assistance. Research also shows that a number of other supports, such as tenant mobility counseling and landlord outreach, are essential in ensuring that such a program achieves its full potential.

Posted to Web: March 22, 2006Publication Date: March 22, 2006

Saying Good-Bye: Relocating Senior Citizens in the HOPE VI Panel Study (Policy Briefs/Metropolitan Housing and Communities: A Roof Over Their Heads)
Robin E. Smith, Kadija Ferryman

Under the HOPE VI program, many of the most distressed public housing developments in the nation have been demolished or substantially renovated, and the program had the challenge of successfully relocating vulnerable seniors in these developments. The question of how seniors handle relocation is an important one, and prior evidence suggests poor outcomes when older adults are involuntarily moved. This brief describes the relocation experiences of older adults in light of their special circumstances, particularly health, social support and social mobility. Findings are based on survey and interview information gathered from older adults in HOPE VI developments in five cities (Atlantic City, NJ; Chicago, IL; Durham, NC; Richmond, CA; and Washington, D.C.).

Posted to Web: January 31, 2006Publication Date: January 31, 2006

Urban Institute Debuts After Katrina Policy Series (Press Release)
Urban Institute

During and after Hurricane Katrina, all income groups and races suffered, but the storm particularly revealed the vulnerability of the poor and the strong racial dimension in the flooded areas. In After Katrina, a new publication series debuting today, Urban Institute scholars examine the many policy dimensions of the devastation and propose practical solutions for restoring greater New Orleans.

Posted to Web: January 30, 2006Publication Date: January 30, 2006

Rebuilding Affordable Housing in New Orleans: The Challenge of Creating Inclusive Communities (Series/After Katrina)
Susan J. Popkin, Margery Austin Turner, Martha R. Burt

The challenge of rebuilding New Orleans and providing housing for its residents is immense, with tens of thousands of families displaced, their former homes destroyed or damaged beyond repair. The situation is especially difficult for families who lived in the poor, mostly African American neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the flood damage. The challenge going forward is even greater if New Orleans is to avoid old patterns of concentrating assisted housing and poor families in a few isolated communities. In this essay, we draw on evidence from innovative housing programs and development initiatives to outline a strategy that would allow New Orleans to recreate itself as an economically diverse, inclusive city that offers its low-income residents authentic opportunities. With careful planning by and for all, New Orleans can bring back its families and offer them homes in vibrant mixed-income communities.

Posted to Web: January 30, 2006Publication Date: January 30, 2006

Resilient Children: Literature Review and Evidence from the HOPE VI Panel Study--Final Report (Research Report)
Elizabeth Cove, Michael Eiseman, Susan J. Popkin

Children in the HOPE VI Panel Study sample face enormous challenges in becoming successful adults. Despite these challenges, some children do surprisingly well and seem able to cope effectively with the challenges in their environment. This report reviews existing research from a range of social science disciplines to identify key factors related to resiliency and to understand how these factors protect children from negative outcomes. Then, using data from the HOPE VI Panel Study, we explore which of these factors are related to resiliency in our sample of children from HOPE VI developments.

Posted to Web: December 01, 2005Publication Date: December 01, 2005

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