Key takeaway: Innovative arts and culture strategy enhances reentry service provision in Philadelphia Abstract: This report describes how the People’s Paper Co-op redesigns reentry services to uniquely improve the wellbeing of formerly incarcerated individuals in Philadelphia through arts and cultural activities. Through interviews with returning women and men, People’s Paper Co-op staff, and funders, this case study finds that

September 25, 2018
Research Report
 

Key takeaway: How creative placemaking can make communities safer for everybody Abstract: This report synthesizes findings from four cases where stakeholders are using creative placemaking to improve community safety. It presents cross-cutting themes from these case studies to show how creative placemaking techniques can be used from the conception and design stage through construction and programming, and how they can build

September 25, 2018
Research Report
 

Key takeaway: How community parties have helped California sheriffs rethink public safety Abstract: This report describes how the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office used Eden Night Live, a community festival and pop-up marketplace, to creatively reimagine and rebuild community-police relations in Ashland/Cherryland. Through interviews with officers, community members, and staff, this case study examines how artistic performance,

September 25, 2018
Research Report
 

The September 2018 edition of At A Glance, the Housing Finance Policy Center’s reference guide for mortgage and housing market data, includes updated figures describing the size of the mortgage market, GSE risk-sharing transactions, non-agency MBS issuance activities, and negative household equity Housing Finance at a Glance: Monthly Chartbooks Archive.

September 25, 2018
Research Report
 

Cities are where people come together to work, live, and thrive. Cities also face a host of fiscal challenges, many of which were laid bare in the Great Recession. Given these challenges, stakeholders of many kinds have sought more and better indicators of city fiscal health. This paper provides an overview of such measures grounded in economic, fiscal or financial, and comprehensive approaches. It further explores lessons from

September 25, 2018
Research Report
 

Key takeaway: Collaborative youth clubhouse changes perceptions of community safety Abstract: This report describes how the Marcus Garvey Clubhouse uses arts and culture to revitalize and reimagine community safety in a high crime, low income neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. Drawing on interviews and focus groups with program participants, program staff, and funders, this case study finds that actively engaging with the needs of

September 25, 2018
Research Report
 

Key takeaway: Creatively designing and programming a bike trail to bridge communities and improve community safety Abstract: This report presents a case study of the Beerline Trail extension in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and how stakeholders used creative placemaking techniques to turn an unused rail corridor into an active, safe, and inclusive space for local residents. Using stakeholder interviews, reviews of planning documents and

September 25, 2018
Research Report
 

Maya Brennan made a statement before the Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee’s Public Hearing on eviction-related legislation. Her statement synthesizes relevant research to encourage discussion of family well-being and other issues related to eviction. The research touches on consequences of residential instability, the financial impact on government finances, and neighborhood effects of eviction and residential

September 24, 2018
Testimony
 

In recent years, the precipitous rise in opioid overdose fatalities in the United States has led to the widely held view that the problem has reached the level of a crisis or epidemic. However, the opioid problem has been simmering for many years, and state policymakers have been working to address this issue long before it prompted widespread public recognition. Looking back at the early opioid-related policy efforts in several

September 21, 2018
Brief
 

We measure the relationship between travel time to school and students’ likelihood of transfer (and where they transfer to), attendance, and test scores in Washington, DC. Travel time to school is especially salient in DC, where roughly three-quarters of students attend a school other than the one tied to their neighborhood. A longer commute is associated with an increased likelihood of changing schools, both during and between

September 20, 2018
Research Report
 

This paper provides data and commentary on three significant barriers to homeownership: saving for a down payment, accessing mortgage credit and housing affordability. The report also offers information about down payment assistance programs which can help borrowers overcome the first barrier to homeownership and data on the 21 million mortgage-ready millennials in 31 large metropolitan areas. This report is accompanied by an

September 20, 2018
Brief
 

In 2013, there were nearly 4.6 million young parents between the ages of 18 and 24 in the United States, with approximately 80 percent (3.6 million) living with at least one of their children. These young parents face a host of challenges, ranging from difficulties accessing child care, higher rates of public benefit receipt, and troubles obtaining positive educational and employment outcomes. Despite these issues, there is no

September 18, 2018
Research Report
 

Almost all wealthy people make charitable gifts during their lives, but most fail to establish a charitable legacy when they die. Those who do give at death, however, usually make gifts that are many times larger than those they made during their last years of life. Why do most people who give out of their income fail to dedicate anything to charity in their wills? And why do more people with significant wealth not contribute

September 18, 2018
Brief
 

People with poor credit—defined here as a subprime credit score or no credit score at all—have limited options for financial products, are charged the highest rates when they borrow money, and may be limited in where they live or work. This harms their abilities to weather emergencies, save money, start or grow a business, or pursue opportunities like education or homeownership to improve their lives. This factsheet breaks down

September 18, 2018
Brief
 

Matthew Chingos, director of the Urban Institute’s Education Policy Program, testified before the Council of the District of Columbia on efforts to create an independent research-practice partnership with the District’s education agencies. He testified that a successful research-practice partnership must be independent, conduct high-quality research, and collaborate with administrators and practitioners. His testimony also

September 18, 2018
Testimony
 

In 2015, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) launched a pilot project to develop sustainable, integrated care models to provide mental health care and substance use disorder treatment with health care for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in the primary care setting using medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Ten community health centers and county-run safety net clinics in California implemented initiatives with

September 14, 2018
Research Report
 

The primary health insurance coverage reforms of the Affordable Care Act began to take effect on January 1, 2014. Between 2013 and 2016, the most recent year of American Community Survey data available, the share of Americans ages 64 and younger without health insurance fell from 17.0 percent to 10.0 percent, meaning 18.5 million more Americans with health insurance coverage. These gains in coverage were broadly distributed

September 11, 2018
Research Report
 

Any organization that collects, analyzes, or disseminates data should establish formal systems to manage data responsibly, protect confidentiality, and document data files and procedures. In doing so, organizations will build a reputation for integrity and facilitate appropriate interpretation and data sharing, factors that contribute to an organization’s long-term sustainability. To help groups improve their data policies and

September 10, 2018
Research Report
 

Over the past eight years the US Department of Education (the Department) has funded and provided technical support to almost 70 Promise Neighborhoods throughout the country. Throughout this period the Department, Promise Neighborhoods sites, and key technical assistance partners have produced written guidance, videos, webinars, and hands-on tools on how to launch and manage a successful cradle-to-career pipeline of services and

September 6, 2018
Research Report
 

Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act had the potential to reduce uninsurance rates for children. In this brief, we explored changes in coverage among children using data from the National Health Interview Survey. We found coverage gains among children in Medicaid expansion and nonexpansion states between 2013 and 2015, but we also observed an uptick in uninsurance from 2015 to 2017 among children in nonexpansion states

September 6, 2018
Brief
 

This brief examines changes in health insurance coverage and health care access and affordability for parents and their children between 2013 and 2018 using data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey. We find that the gains in coverage, access, and affordability for parents and children that occurred since 2013 have been sustained through March 2018, but significant gaps remain. More than one in five low-income parents are

September 6, 2018
Brief
 

Erika C. Poethig, vice president and chief innovation officer, testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, on ways to increase the supply of multifamily housing and affordable housing options. The testimony highlights three points that research shows will be critical in creating an equitable and effective regulatory framework for the rental housing market to meet the growing demand for

September 5, 2018
Testimony
 

Rates of maternal opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have sharply increased in recent years. In this brief, we use hospital and emergency room patient discharge data to investigate incidence rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) across counties in California. We also use data on the locations of opioid-use disorder treatment facilities providing medication-assisted therapy to pregnant women as well as the

September 4, 2018
Brief
 

To expand parental leave options, Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) introduced legislation this month that would allow new parents to trade part of their future Social Security retirement benefits for paid leave. Simulations from the Dynamic Simulation of Income Model (DYNASIM) show that a paid leave benefit equal to 300 percent of a monthly Social Security disability benefit would typically replace about 80 percent of pre-tax earnings

August 30, 2018
Brief
 

Last year, approximately 400,000 high debt-to-income (DTI) mortgages were deemed to meet the definition of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule thanks to an exemption that grants QM status to lenders making high DTI loans if those loans are guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. This exemption, referred to as the “GSE Patch” is set to expire in 28 months, on January 10, 2021, or when the GSEs

August 30, 2018
Brief