HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) recently published its fiscal years 2017 and 2018 Biennial Report. According to PD&R, the goal of their report is to inform those who use the data and research PD&R produces about who PD&R is, what PD&R does, and some input about how PD&R functions.
During a presentation at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival, Harvard economics professor Raj Chetty, who is also the Director of Opportunity Insights, discussed his research on the geography of opportunity and upward mobility in the United States.
New reports by a variety of organizations – the National League of Cities, Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation, Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and National Low-Income Housing Coalition – evaluate the current state of affordable housing form distinct perspectives. Importantly, each study cites the importance of housing to self-sufficiency, health outcomes, and educational opportunities.
A new study conducted by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health examined residents’ experiences and perspectives after a Rental Assistance Demonstration conversion. The researchers, who conducted 30 in-depth interviews with residents across three RAD sites, published their findings in an article for Housing Policy Debate, “The ‘Projects’ Are Nice Now”: Resident Perspectives on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program.“
A recent report from New York University’s Furman Center describes the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) housing portfolio’s important role in the city’s efforts to maintain economic and racial diversity and preserve affordable housing in gentrifying neighborhoods.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute recently released their 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report, which illustrates the health impact of a wide range of factors heavily influenced by where people live including health behaviors, clinical care, physical environment, and social and environmental factors.
On March 14, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released their annual report The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes. The report finds concrete evidence of an affordable housing crisis: there is a shortage of seven million (or fewer than 4 for every 10) affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters. Furthermore, no state or major metropolitan area has enough rental housing for the nation’s lowest-income individuals and families.
A new report from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP) finds that housing agencies that administer Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) funds generally use all (or nearly all) of annual HCV funds appropriated by Congress to help low-income families afford housing, even in communities where families face significant challenges finding housing with a voucher.