Housing News Roundup: February 2, 2015
How Big Data Could Help the 200K NYC Households Getting Eviction Notices
A non-profit data analytics firm has developed a way to use “big data” to help social workers better identify people at risk of needing assistance or becoming homeless. Using data such as court records, shelter history and demographic information, an initial pilot program was able to connect 50% more families in a targeted neighborhood with eviction prevention services.
Source: Next City
Lack of Affordable Housing Can Bite Cities in Myriad Ways, Study Finds
A lack of affordable housing in some communities means that even individuals and families already receiving public assistance are still forced to make significant concessions and crimp their spending. When they have less to spend, according to a new study from the Piton Foundation and Colorado State University, local governments collect less sales tax revenue in a one-two punch to the local economy.
Source: Colorado Public Radio
Trust Injects $100M into HUD Affordable Housing Initiative
The Community Development Trust has announced about $100 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. RAD supplements government funding for public housing, with the goal of improving access while ensuring that no tenants will lose their homes.
Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?
U.S. communities are highly segregated despite fair housing laws and high-profile housing mobility programs. With few accessible opportunities, families and children suffer. Mobility programs, such as Chicago’s Gautreaux and the multi-site Moving to Opportunity demonstration, have yielded mixed results. Alex Polikoff and other mobility proponents make a case for doing more.