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1. Mixed-Income Development Study releases 9th brief

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

The Mixed-Income Development Study based at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration recently released its ninth research brief, titled "Unexpected Challenges: Youth, Public Housing Reform and Mixed-Income Development." The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation was the lead funder for the study.

2. Rents rise steeply across the nation

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

Renters collectively paid $20 billion more in rent last year than in 2013, according to Zillow. These increases were concentrated in such cities as San Francisco and New York, but areas such as Denver and Pittsburgh also showed double-digit increases. Rents are expected to ease as more apartments come online, but that might not happen until 2016 and 2017. CNBC (12/30)

3. Co-housing could rise with aging of baby boomers

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Co-housing is more popular in Europe than in the U.S., but some say the community-style living arrangement could gain momentum here as baby boomers age and seek to downsize and share resources, and as they look for alternatives to more institutional forms of senior housing. Zoning codes could represent a challenge, however. CityLab (01/20)

4. Lack of affordable housing could lead to unrest, expert says

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

One-third of U.S. renter households spent more than 40% of their income on rent in 2013, data show, and that leaves people with less money for food, education and savings, says Andre Shashaty, president of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Shashaty blames the affordability crisis, in part, on local government policies that drive up housing costs and on reduced federal funding for housing. "If this trend continues, we may find ourselves facing a repeat of the urban unrest of the mid-1960s. But this time, it could be even worse," he said. National Real Estate Investor online (01/06)

5. Commentary: Health is inextricably linked to housing

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Global research has found an inextricable connection between the health of children and adults and the places they live, writes Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "If children don't live in decent homes, the odds of their staying healthy plummet," he writes. "If they're not healthy, they can't be educated; and if they don't get an education, they don't get decent jobs, meaning they won't be able to care for their families or break out of the stranglehold of poverty." National Housing Institute/Rooflines blog (01/21)

6. Financial instability hinders mobility of young adults

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Young adults who moved to big cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago for school or to pursue career opportunities are facing obstacles when they consider moving away. Financial insecurity and the difficulty of obtaining mortgages are among the factors keeping them from leaving. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/19)

7. HUD focused on homeownership, Castro says

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

Helping more Americans buy homes is a priority this year for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said Secretary Julian Castro. He disputed the idea that promoting homeownership would repeat mistakes that led to the financial crisis. "Our nation is smart enough to heed the lessons of the past without forsaking our future," he said. "The answer isn't to deny responsible Americans homeownership -- it's to do it right." Bloomberg (01/13)

8. Supreme Court hears arguments in fair-housing case

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Parties in a case that focuses on whether the "disparate impact" doctrine should apply to the Fair Housing Act were set to make their oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. A ruling is expected by July and could have implications for governments, housing providers and the financial services industry. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/20)

9. How the suburbs can become a trap for the poor

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

Low-income residents who move to suburban areas such as Gwinnett County, Ga., for the promise of jobs or affordable housing often find themselves stranded without transit options for getting to work. Services such as homeless shelters also are in relatively short supply in suburban areas, forcing some residents to live in extended-stay motels while trying to get on their feet. Some suburban areas now have crime and other problems more traditionally associated with cities. Atlantic online, The (01/07)

10. How the housing crisis left black homeowners with less wealth

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jan 29, 2015

Home values in majority-black, middle-class neighborhoods in Prince George's County, Maryland, have not recovered as fast since the financial crisis as home values in comparable majority-white neighborhoods. The disparity is a factor in the widening wealth gap, which is reflected across the U.S. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/24) Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/25)

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