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Does financial coaching help people reach their financial goals?

In a new study, participants offered financial coaching had an average debt reduction of $10,644 more than those who were not offered services.

Financial coaching: a new method for improving financial wellbeing

Coaching helps people across the income spectrum set goals and plan concrete steps to meet intermediate- and long-term financial goals.

Rehabilitation, not victimization

Inmates have a fundamental right to personal safety, and anything contrary to that violates their constitutionally and statutorily granted rights.

How public servants have helped expand housing mobility

We often caricaturize bureaucrats, but their knowledge, expertise, and dedication are central to the good work being done in the public sector.

Using evidence to help Detroit tackle its housing recovery challenges

How do we ensure that Detroit not only recovers, but is transformed into a place where every resident can thrive?

Is Detroit’s “Rehabbed and Ready” program the answer to the city’s appraisal problem?

This public-private partnership has the potential to increase traditional sales in a housing market otherwise dominated by distressed property sales.

Medicaid expansion could make health insurance affordable for 5.6 million

Many Americans fall into the assistance gap: too rich for Medicaid, but too poor for discounted private insurance in the ACA marketplaces.

Could permit-to-purchase laws help prevent the next mass shooting?

Permit-to-purchase laws require that firearm buyers obtain a license before purchasing certain types of firearms.

What David Brooks gets wrong about mass incarceration

Brooks concludes that "harsh laws are not the main driver behind mass incarceration." The reality is a bit more complex.

LGBTQ youth locked in a cycle between the justice system and the streets

Many of the youth who depend on survival sex often committed crimes because they were homeless and couldn’t meet their basic needs.

Visualizing Housing Policy’s Impact on Inequality


Visualizing Housing Policy’s Impact on Inequality

Housing subsidies reduce income inequality, while the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions increase it.

From Protest to Policy


From Protest to Policy

Our researchers offer evidence-based solutions to some of the problems faced by poor, mostly minority communities in Baltimore and other US cities.


Urban Wire Writers