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District of Columbia Housing Monitor: Fall 2006 (Research Report)
Peter A. Tatian

The District of Columbia Housing Monitor provides a quarterly look at the Washington, D.C., housing market. Each report will use the most recent available data to illuminate housing market and affordable housing trends. In addition, each report will include a special focus section that will analyze, in greater depth, developments that are shaping the city's housing landscape. In this issue, the special section examines mortgage lending trends, including levels of subprime lending, in the city's nine wards.

Posted to Web: October 06, 2006Publication Date: October 06, 2006

Report on D.C. Housing Finds More Signs of Market Slowdown (Press Release)
Urban Institute

The fall 2006 District of Columbia Housing Monitor offers further evidence that home sales in the District are cooling. The report also reviews trends in home mortgage lending in the city, including measures of subprime lending.

Posted to Web: October 06, 2006Publication Date: October 06, 2006

Savings in America: Building Opportunities for All (Research Report)
Suzanne Nora Johnson, Lisa Mensah, C. Eugene Steuerle

Assets are like ladders that can place low- and moderate-income (LMI) families in reach of opportunity. Moreover, increased saving benefits not just households but the economy overall. If every household with less than the median net worth saved an additional $1,000, it would add $56 billion to the economy. However, current U.S. savings policy directs the lion's share of $300 billion in annual subsidies for saving to households earning $50,000 and above who would likely save in any case--and still, the national saving rate fell to zero in 2005. This paper addresses barriers to saving among LMI households, such as asset tests in welfare and education policies and the targeting of subsidies to those households in the highest tax brackets.

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

Public Housing for Seniors Must Meet Today's Needs (Opinion)
Robin E. Smith

This commentary argues that the senior population in public housing today differs from the able bodied adults living independently for whom much of the housing was built in the 1960s and 1970s. Not only are some raising minor children, others are in such poor health that they need affordable housing with an assisted living component. The author calls for housing authorities to assess the health and family status of their older adult residents and plan creative ways to meet current and anticipated housing needs.

Posted to Web: July 19, 2006Publication Date: July 19, 2006

A New Start for Katrina's Displaced (Commentary)
Steve Anlian

Steve Anlian, the Urban Institute's senior associate in Yerevan, Armenia, suggests that housing voucher programs used overseas by the U.S. State Department and Agency for International Development to help those displaced by natural disasters and civil wars could be successfully employed to aid Katrina evacuees.

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

District of Columbia Housing Monitor: Summer 2006 (Research Report)
Peter A. Tatian, G. Thomas Kingsley

The District of Columbia Housing Monitor will provide a quarterly look at current trends in the D.C. housing market. Each report will use the most recent available data to illuminate housing market and affordable housing trends. In addition, each report will include a special focus section that will analyze, in greater depth, developments that are shaping the District of Columbia housing landscape. In this issue, the special section goes beyond the standard citywide perspective and offers a neighborhood-by-neighborhood view of home sales trends throughout Washington, D.C.

Posted to Web: June 29, 2006Publication Date: June 29, 2006

New Quarterly Report to Offer Timely Data on D.C. Housing (Press Release)
Urban Institute

The District of Columbia Housing Monitor, a new quarterly analysis of housing in Washington, D.C., will play an important role in tracking how the market changes as the city implements affordable housing plans amid still-surging home prices. The new series is a product of NeighborhoodInfo DC, a partnership between the Urban Institute and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Posted to Web: June 28, 2006Publication Date: June 28, 2006

Federalism after Hurricane Katrina: How Can Social Programs Respond to a Major Disaster? (Research Report)
Pamela Winston, Olivia Golden, Kenneth Finegold, Kim Rueben, Margery Austin Turner, Stephen Zuckerman

This paper explores the key features of four essential federal-state-local programs that have offered supports to low-income families and individuals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina -- housing, unemployment compensation, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. It argues that the complexity of their structures and limited scale have inhibited their ability to respond effectively and quickly to the needs created by Hurricane Katrina. It recommends that national policymakers develop a set of disaster relief mechanisms better suited to address the large-scale cross-jurisdictional migration, diminished state fiscal capacity, increased demand for assistance, and other challenges that major disasters present.

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

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

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