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Out of Reach 2015

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Out of Reach 2015 report reveals that the tightening rental market is making it increasingly difficult for low income renters to find decent, affordable apartments all across the country. The 2015 National Housing Wage is $19.35, meaning that someone working full-time, 40 hours a week, would need to earn $19.35 per hour in order to afford a modest two-bedroom rental unit while spending no more than 30% of household income on housing costs. In 13 states and the District of Columbia, the Housing Wage is more than $20 per hour. More...


Plan for Miami Low-Income Housing Unveiled

Source: Miami Herald

Advocates for Miamians who live paycheck-to-paycheck are unveiling on Thursday an ambitious program to build as many as 1,000 new affordable housing units designed to prevent families from falling into homelessness. The program, which is being spearheaded by the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, aims to raise millions of dollars in private investment to encourage area developers to set aside units for “extremely low income” residents — renters who earn the minimum wage, or only about 30 percent of the city’s median income. Persuading developers to build such housing is enormously difficult without government or private subsidies. More...


Long Term Benefits for Low-Income Children Who Move to Better Neighborhoods

Source: Partnership for Strong Communities

A new report on an ongoing study has determined that each year a child is exposed to a better environment, their chances for long-term success increase. This two-part study behind - The Impacts of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility: Childhood Exposure Effects and County-Level Estimates – is being conducted by researchers Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren of Harvard University. For the first part of the study, the researchers looked at records of more than five million families with children who moved across counties between 1996 and 2012. They determined that neighborhoods do in fact impact intergenerational mobility. More...


Livability Index

Source: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

The AARP Public Policy Institute developed the Livability Index as a web-based tool to measure community livability. Users can search the Index by address, ZIP Code, or community to find an overall livability score, as well as a score for each of seven major livability categories: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. Users also can customize the Index to place higher or lower emphasis on the livability features of most importance to them. The Livability Index website provides resources to help consumers and policymakers use livability scores to effect change in their communities.  More...


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