Affordable housing recommendations for New York City's next mayor
New York City will elect a new mayor in 2021 – it must be a leader capable of steering our city out of the worst health and economic crisis we have seen in decades and towards recovery with a vision of racial equity and prosperity for all New Yorkers. Housing must be at the center of this plan for economic rebirth and social justice.
New York Housing Conference • December 10, 2020
What lessons can be learned from Project Roomkey?
In the spring, California policymakers created Project Roomkey to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness amid the pandemic. To date, the program has provided a hotel room to more than 22,000 people. Governor Newsom recently announced an additional $62 million in one-time state funds to continue the program over the winter, given the current surge in COVID-19 cases. Though Project Roomkey was conceived as a short-term emergency measure, evaluating its impact and that of its successor, Project Homekey, could shed light on long-term strategies for tackling California’s homelessness crisis.
Public Policy Institute of California • December 4, 2020
Educator survey: K-12 students face housing challenges
Enterprise Community Partners and The NHP Foundation released findings from joint research exploring educators’ perspectives on the intersection of housing and education, revealing that 3 in 4 educators (76%) reported housing-related challenges are somewhat common or very common among their students. At the same time, more than 1 in 3 educators (38%) indicate they do not know how to connect students experiencing housing challenges with necessary supports, including housing, academic assistance, mental health services and others.
Enterprise Community Partners • December 8, 2020
A renter safety net: A call for federal emergency rental assistance
For decades, escalating housing costs have outpaced income growth for middle- and lower-income earners. As a result, millions of American households have too little income leftover after paying rent to accumulate a savings buffer to cover other necessary expenses. When unexpected financial shocks occur, such as a drop in earnings or a surprise medical expense, many low-income households may not have sufficient savings and liquidity to pay their full rent at that time, leading many to the brink of eviction or a forced move
Economic Strategy Group • December 3, 2020