New Kids Count Report shows increases in child poverty rate; improvement in health, academics

Though American children show improvements in health and academic indicators, their economic well-being seems to be declining, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 Kids Count Data Book. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a children’s charity and its Kids Count reports provide come of the most exhaustive data on America’s children. This year’s […]

Report: Affordable housing market still faces daunting challenges

Though the housing market may show signs of turning around, affordable housing still faces certain systemic challenges, according to this report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a congressional think tank that researches the implications of federal policy. The report identifies a lack of affordable rental housing, mortgage policies that benefit upper-income homeowners, continued difficulty from […]

PEW Report: Americans have more income, but less economic mobility, than their parents

A recent report from the PEW Charitable Trust, a non-profit policy and research group, shows that Americans born into the very top or very bottom of society are most likely to stay there throughout their lives. The report’s authors collected income and demographic data from families between 1968 and 2008 and found that over time, […]

Urban Institute report evaluates effectiveness of 2009 stimulus’ community block grants

The Urban Institute, an independent public policy think tank, has released two research reports (here and here) tracking the effectiveness of Community Services Block Grants, $1 billion in community based funding attached to the 2009 federal stimulus package. The money was primarily earmarked to create or preserve local government jobs, create or preserve services for […]