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Reports: Featured

Family Options Study: Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, July 2015, 308 pp.
This report presents the short-term outcomes of families enrolled in the Family Options Study, a multi-site random assignment experiment designed to study the impact of various housing and services interventions on homeless families.   more info >

Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, July 2015, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience.   more info >

Central Corridor Key Outcomes
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, June 2015, 60 pp.
Annual report designed to inform the impacts of the Central Corridor light rail transit line on the regional economy and adjacent neighborhoods.   more info >

Big Picture Project Progress Reports
Twin Cities LISC, June 2015, 8 pp.
The Big Picture Project developed a plan to create and preserve affordable housing along the Central Corridor. These reports track key indicators of progress.   more info >

Local Initiatives Promote Homeownership in Indian Country
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, May 2015
Residents of Indian Country face a diverse set of housing challenges. This report discusses the promotion of homeownership as a way to alleviate the pressing need for suitable homes, highlighting local initiatives to overcome obstacles to homeownership by supporting infrastructure development, increasing access to mortgage credit, cultivating financial literacy, and providing direct financial assistance to homebuyers.   more info >

2014 Annual Foreclosures in Minnesota: A Report Based on Sherriff's Sale Data
Minnesota Homeownership Center, March 2015, 17 pp.
Presents data on foreclosure activity in Minnesota's 87 counties in 2014, when the number of homes lost to foreclosure fell to the lowest level since 2005.   more info >

Impacts of Habitat for Humanity Homeownership: Connections to Quality of Life
Wilder Research, February 2015, 90 pp.
Statewide study of Habitat homeowners in Minnesota that investigated the connection between home ownership and quality of life.   more info >

Why Are the Twin Cities So Segregated?
Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, University of Minnesota Law School, February 2015, 34 pp.
This report describes the history of how the housing industry and education reformers contributed to racial segregation in housing and schools in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Discusses the potential for policy efforts to achieve racial integration.   more info >

A New Model for the Provision of Affordable Homeownership
Urban Institute, January 2015, 33 pp.
This report explores the approach to encouraging homeownership practiced by Homewise, a homeownership organization based in New Mexico. Homewise's model suggests that with a carefully structured, vertically integrated system, homeownership can be encouraged in ways that better align risks and incentives for the counselor, borrower, and lender.   more info >

Hunger and Homelessness Survey: A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities: A 25-City Survey
United States Conference of Mayors, December 2014, 112 pp.
Results of a survey of 25 U.S. cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, which includes data on the demand for food assistance, emergency shelter and transitional housing; the capacity to meet that demand; the causes of hunger and homelessness; efforts underway in each city to combat these problems; and the economic or social conditions that exacerbate these problems.   more info >

Homelessness in Minnesota 2012 Study
Wilder Research, September 2014, 67 pp.
Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless and face-to-face interviews with homeless people throughout Minnesota to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness. Also includes reports for the Fargo-Moorhead area, veterans, older adults, and other specific populations.   more info >

Web sites

Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education.   more info >

Twin Cities Housing Policy
Tools and resources to inform citizens and assist in advocating for improved affordable housing policy in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.   more info >

HUD Research Library
Includes reports, publications, periodicals, and data from HUD and other sources. Topics include: affordable housing, community development, homelessness, supportive housing, housing statistics, and more.   more info >

National Health Care for the Homeless Council
News, events, research, and advocacy information on health-care issues related to homelessness.   more info >
Online guide to state and local housing policy that provides examples of solutions for expanding the availability of affordable housing. Includes guidance on how to create a comprehensive and effective housing strategy.   more info >

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