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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

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

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