Do Personal Vulnerabilities Predict Who Lives in Precarious Housing?
People who are disabled, living in poverty, or have little education can be particularly vulnerable to shocks that can affect their life chances. But another class of vulnerabilities has to do with where people live.
MetroTrends - Posted 13/07/2012
US: DC's Homeless Population is Increasingly People in Families
The Metropolitan Council of Governments recently released the 2012 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count for communities throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The annual Point-in-Time (PIT) census occurs on a single night in January and counts people staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing facilities as well as those sleeping on the streets.
MetroTrends - Posted 03/07/2012
US - Children: Invisible Victims of the Foreclosure Crisis
Whether they live in owner-occupied homes or rental housing, children are often invisible victims of the foreclosure crisis. Mortgage records do not show how many children are living in a house, and information about children in multifamily housing units under foreclosure is even harder to come by.
MetroTrends - Posted 21/06/2012
US: HUD’s Secretary and a Housing Policy that Offers Choice
In a speech at the Urban Institute today, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan made a compelling case that federal housing policies should expand affordable housing choices for poor families in thriving neighborhoods with good schools, safe streets, parks and playgrounds, and well-stocked grocery stores.
MetroTrends - Posted 13/06/2012
US: Place, Race, and Negative Home Equity
The foreclosure crisis is far from over, with nearly 16 million homeowners underwater on their mortgages, according to Zillow. That’s 31 percent of homeowners with mortgages and 14 percent of households.
MetroTrends - Posted 07/06/2012
US: What Mitt Romney Got Right About Housing
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently expressed the sentiment that social issues would be better left to state and local governments, without federal involvement. Among those issues, he included housing and urban development, even stating a preference for getting rid of HUD.
MetroTrends - Posted 02/05/2012
US - Are Families Facing Foreclosure Becoming Homeless? - Mary Cunningham
This is a tough question. The answer is that a few families may be trickling into homeless shelters, but probably not immediately after foreclosure, and not on a wide scale.
MetroTrends - Posted 20/04/2012
US: Do Architects Have the Answer for Distressed Public Housing?
Is it really that easy? All it takes is an architectural makeover to transform a distressed and dangerous housing project into a dignified and livable home for poor people?
MetroTrends - Posted 10/04/2012
Canada - Affordable Housing and Kids in the District of Columbia
Last week, DC’s mayor Vincent Gray kicked off a new Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force, mandated by law to update the city’s 2006 housing strategy.
MetroTrends - Posted 29/03/2012
US - Housing Market Boom, Bust, and Recovery?
In recent weeks, a lot of the economic news has been cautiously optimistic, especially when it comes to unemployment. But the housing crisis is far from over.
MetroTrends - Posted 08/03/2012