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What Works News Round-Up – August 26, 2015

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

The Washington Post (8/25/15) Housing Subsidies Reduce Inequality. But Mortgage Tax Breaks Make it Worse.
While housing subsidies to the poor help narrow inequality, housing benefits for the rich — the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions — wipe out some of the effect. This analysis raises anew questions about how we allocate government funds for housing and whether it makes sense to spend so heavily on families at the top.

The New York Times (8/24/15) Analysis Find Higher Expulsion Rates for Black Students
With the Obama administration focused on reducing the number of suspensions, expulsions and arrests in public schools, a new analysis of federal data identifies districts in 13 Southern states where black students are suspended or expelled at rates overwhelmingly higher than white children.

CityLab (8/21/15) A Housing Crisis Amid Tens of Thousands of Abandoned Homes
Current estimates put the number of blighted properties between 20,000 and 30,000—around the same levels as before the storm, but after years of population decline. New Orleans ranks as one of the worst cities in the country for neighborhood blight, along with Detroit and Philadelphia.

The Atlantic (8/18/15) Single Moms and Welfare Woes: A Higher-Education Dilemma
Although most poor, single mothers today are employed, many of them are working in low-wage jobs, often in positions without benefits. Earning a college degree is typically the best route to a high-paying career but many of these women find it hard to squeeze classes into a schedule already packed with work and childcare.

Brookings Social Mobility Memos (8/18/15) Social Mobility: Low, and Lower at the Top than the Bottom
How socially mobile is America? Not very, is the general consensus. But it may be worse than we thought, especially in the upper reaches of the income distribution. Those are the conclusions of an important recent paper by Stanford’s Pablo Mitnik and David Grusky.

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