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What Works News Round-Up – September 26, 2014

by Admin

In the News

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

Next City (9/24/14) Transportation Funding Change Aims For Equality in Twin Cities
From exclusionary zoning policies to trains that stop before reaching areas of racially concentrated poverty, institutionalized racism is literally built into our urban and suburban landscapes. In the Twin Cities, a new method for distributing federal transportation dollars considers the cities’ spatial and economic inequities.

New York Times (9/23/14) Academic Skills on Web Are Tied to Income Level
Wealthier students tend to perform better on tests of reading comprehension than their poorer peers, a longstanding trend that has been documented amply. But with the Internet having become an indispensable part of daily life, a new study shows that a separate gap has emerged, with lower-income students again lagging more affluent students in their ability to find, evaluate, integrate and communicate the information they find online.

CityLab (9/23/14) The Housing Bubble Also Left Our Neighborhoods More Segregated
The collapse of the housing market in 2008 and the credit crunch that followed it continues to disproportionately affect minorities. Black homeowners in the United States are so likely today to return to renter status that the gains made by blacks in homeownership since the 1970s have been effectively wiped out.

Urban Institute MetroTrends Blog  (9/22/14) Is Housing a Safety Net or a Springboard?
Roughly 4.6 million households* in the United States receive federal housing assistance. That may sound like a large number, but demand far exceeds supply.

Wonkblog (9/22/14) What Happens to Families on Housing Assistance When the Assistance Goes Away?
Housing constitutes the largest expense that most of us bear every month, as well as the most essential. And yet of all of the forms of aid we offer the poor — food stamps, income support, school lunch, health care — housing assistance can be the most precarious.

Pew Research Center (9/19/14) Hispanics Only Group to See Its Poverty Rate Decline and Incomes Rise
Hispanics are the only major racial or ethnic group to see a statistically significant decline in its poverty rate, according to 2013 Census Bureau figures released this week. The drop in the poverty rate among Hispanics – from 25.6% in 2012 to 23.5% in 2013 – contributed to the first decline in the nation’s overall poverty rate since 2006.

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