Category Archives: housing

Paper: “How Eviction Perpetuates Health Inequity Among Low-Income Tenants”

Call-for-Papers: “HUD’s Past, Present and Future”

Call-for-Papers: “HUD’s Past, Present and Future” – Monday, November 13, 2017 and Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Full details here: HUD’S PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE SYMPOSIUM.

News Article: “Program to Spur Low-Income Housing Keeping Cities Segregated”

Paper: “A Home of One’s Own: The Fight Against Illegal Housing Discrimination Based on Criminal Convictions, and Those Who Are Still Left Behind”

New Report: “Moving to Work and Neighborhood Opportunity: A Scan of Mobility Initiatives by Moving to Work Public Housing Authorities”

New Report: Martha M. Galvez et al., Moving to Work and Neighborhood Opportunity: A Scan of Mobility Initiatives by Moving to Work Public Housing Authorities (Urban Institute 2017).

New Pathways Issue: “State of the Union 2017”

SOTU_cover_smallNew Pathways : “State of the Union 2017” (Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality 2017). Table of contents below:

Executive Summary
Are our country’s policies for reducing racial and ethnic inequalities getting the job done? The simple answer: No.
Even after the recovery, 1 in 9 African Americans and 1 in 6 Hispanics fear a job loss within one year. Why?
We remain two Americas: a high-poverty America for blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans, and a (relatively) low-poverty America for whites and Asians.
Safety Net
The safety net, which is supposed to serve an equalizing function, sometimes works to exacerbate racial and ethnic inequalities within the low-income population.
Whereas 1 in 6 black and Hispanic households dedicate at least half of their income to housing costs, only 1 in 12 white households do. How did that happen?
Between 1990 and 2015, average academic performance improved for students of all racial and ethnic groups, but grew fastest among black and Hispanic students. The result: White-black and white-Hispanic achievement gaps declined by 15 to 25 percent.
Did you think that all that talk about criminal justice reform has brought about a sea change in racial inequalities in incarceration? Think again.
Large and persistent racial gaps in health are not the product of our genes but the consequences of our policies and history.
Between 1970 and 2010, the earnings gap between whites and other groups has narrowed, but most of that decline was secured in the immediate aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement.
African-Americans have less than 8 cents and Hispanics less than 10 cents of wealth for every dollar amassed by whites.
Intergenerational Mobility
The persistence of poverty has long been stronger for blacks than whites. However, beginning with generations that came of age in the mid-1960s, the white-black gap in the chance of escaping poverty has closed significantly.

New Report: “Affordable Homeownership: An Evaluation of Shared Equity Programs”

New Report: Brett Theodos et al., Affordable Homeownership: An Evaluation of Shared Equity Programs (Urban Institute 2017).

New Article: “Move Along to Where? Property in Service of Democracy (A Tribute to André van der Walt)”

New Article: Timothy M. Mulvaney & Joseph William Singer, Move Along to Where? Property in Service of Democracy (A Tribute to André van der Walt). Abstract below:

When the police in cities that prohibit sleeping in public spaces command that people on the streets “move along,” advocacy groups for the homeless have started a campaign that pointedly asks “move along to where?” This question seeks to highlight the reality that homeless persons are being subjected to an order with which they have no capacity to comply. In this instance, the state is defining and rigidly enforcing property rights without concern for the consequences of its doing so; it apparently is only after this exercise in definition and enforcement that the state can move to respect fundamental democratic values—such as dignity and equality—in the space that remains.

Inspired by the work of André van der Walt, we here present the alternate thesis that property exists in service of the values that characterize our democracy. We advance this thesis through the lens of two stories of eviction—the leading cause of homelessness in the U.S.—in which our democratic values seemingly and, in our view, unacceptably are taking a backseat to property.

News Article: “Protecting Families: A Photo Story About Supportive Housing”

Photography by Lydia Thompson & Writing by Alexandra Tilsley, “Protecting Families: A Photo Story About Supportive Housing“, How Housing Matters, April 20, 2017.

News Article: “Attorney for Beleagured New Orleans Renters Fights Uphill Battle”

Kevin Litten, “Attorney for Beleagured New Orleans Renters Fights Uphill Battle“, The Times-Picayune, April 21, 2017.