Category Archives: Reports

New Report: “Give.org Donor Trust Report: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)”

dtr-dei-special-report-coverNew Report: Elvia Castro et al., Give.org Donor Trust Report: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) (2022).

-Congrats Elvia!

New Report: “Zoning for Equity: Identifying Planning and Zoning Barriers to Affordable Housing”

Zoning_for_Equity_Cover_3_30_March2022_FINALNew Report: Sam Griffen et a., Zoning for Equity: Identifying Planning and Zoning Barriers to Affordable Housing (Open Communities Alliance, 2022).

New Report: Addressing Homelessness Through Hotel Conversions

Hotel-Acquisitions-Final-December-2021-coverNew Report: Carolina Reid,Shazia Manji & Hayden Rosenberg, Addressing Homelessness Through Hotel Conversions (Terner Center Report, Dec. 2021).

New Report: Donor Trust Report 2021: Profiles in Charity Trust and Giving

dtr-2021New Report: Donor Trust Report 2021: Profiles in Charity Trust and Giving (Give.org 2021).

-Editor’s Note: Of interest to those who care about charity. Good job Elvia! Related media coverage here.

Series of HUD studies on Moving to Work

The HUD-sponsored Moving to Work (MTW) Retrospective Evaluation Studies. From the HUD website:

A Picture of Moving to Work Agencies’ Housing Assistance (April 2021). This report describes the MTW demonstration over time in terms of its share of all HUD funding and assisted households. With data from 2008-2016, it also compares housing assistance and populations served at MTW and traditional agencies, and finds only a few differences. An online feature associated, hosted by the Urban Institute, provides information about housing assistance at each individual MTW agency in 2008 and 2016 and allows users to download the data underlying this report.

Housing Choice and Self-Sufficiency Outcomes at Moving to Work Agencies (April 2021). This study investigates impacts of MTW on housing choice and self-sufficiency outcomes. It finds some evidence that MTW agencies did better than comparison PHAs in terms of share of new households and share of workable households increasing earnings enough to leave housing assistance; however, it found no differences in the quality of housing choice voucher recipients’ neighborhoods, the quality of public housing, or the share of families with FSS escrow accounts.

The Impact of the Moving to Work Demonstration on the Per Household Costs of Federal Housing Assistance (June 2020). This is the first study to examine MTW agencies’ cost effectiveness using data from before and after public housing agencies (PHAs) joined the MTW demonstration. It shows that joining MTW did not increase the cost per household served, and that MTW agencies added new households to their assistance roles.

Evaluating the Effects of Santa Clara County Housing Authority’s Rent Reform (April 2020). In response to sequestration, in July 2013, Santa Clara County Housing Authority (SCCHA) increased the proportion of tenant income paid toward rent in the housing choice voucher program from 30 percent of adjusted income to 35 percent of gross income, and changed voucher size rules. This study reveals the impacts of the new rent policy on employment, income, and housing subsidy amounts and receipt.

Moving to Work Agencies’ Use of Project-Based Voucher Assistance (April 2021). Too much use of project-based voucher (PBV) assistance might undermine the housing choice voucher program’s promise of allowing families to live in lower poverty neighborhoods, so this study investigated how—and how much—MTW agencies use their expanded opportunities to tie housing choice voucher funding to specific units through long-term contracts. It investigates the relative poverty of neighborhoods in which PBV, tenant-based voucher, and public housing families are located, and the overlap of PBVs with Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) properties and HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). It also describes how three MTW agencies are using PBVs to preserve affordable housing, facilitate partnerships, and achieve administrative efficiencies.

Census Bureau Poverty and Health 2020 Reports

 Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2020

Census Bureau,  Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2020

Census Bureau, The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2020

Op-ed: TANF Policies Reflect Racist Legacy of Cash Assistance

Op-ed (not sure how to classify it, between an op-ed and a report): Ife Floyd et al., TANF Policies Reflect Racist Legacy of Cash Assistance, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Aug. 4, 2021.

New Report: Out of Reach 2021

New Report: National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach 2021. [Note, this is a great annual report/resource.]

New Report: American Poverty Should Be Measured Relative to the Prevailing Standards of Our Time

New Report: David Brady, American Poverty Should Be Measured Relative to the Prevailing Standards of Our Time, Century Foundation 2021. 

New Report: Preserving the largest and most at-risk supply of affordable housing

New Report: Steve Kling, Shannon Peloquin, Charles Riesenberg, and Jonathan Woetzel, Preserving the largest and most at-risk supply of affordable housing, McKinsey & Co.: Our Insights, Feb. 23, 2021.