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Mar 28, 2023

Keeping Up with Rent: Recent Rent Hikes and Their Impact on Affordability Standards

Rents increased significantly across the nation in 2021 and ‘22, outpacing HUD’s Fair Market Rent estimates. This Partners Update analyzes the effects of updated methodology on a key resource for understanding the cost of rental housing.

Sep 02, 2022

Emergency Rental Assistance Insights from the Southeast

Emergency Rental Assistance programs helped struggling renters during the pandemic. Community and Economic Development staff spoke with southeastern affordable rental housing stakeholders to understand local and state implementation of these programs. Learn more in Partners Update.

Oct 18, 2021

Southeastern Rental Affordability Tracker

The tool demonstrates the abundance of southeastern renter households that pay more than 30 percent or 50 percent of their income on housing. A new feature shows the share of cost-burdened renters by race or ethnicity or by age.

Oct 07, 2020

Expansion of New Law in Southeast May Stave Off Black Land Loss

Heirs’ property can result when a property owner dies without a legally recognized estate plan in place. This form of ownership disproportionately affects lower-wealth African Americans. Partners Update examines some recent legislation on heirs’ property in the Southeast.

Jun 16, 2020

Housing Policy Impact: Federal Eviction Protection Coverage and the Need for Better Data

COVID-19 exacerbates an existing affordable housing shortage in the Southeast, which lacked over a million affordable rental units before the virus outbreak began. Partners Update explores efforts to enact eviction moratoriums under the CARES Act.

Nov 20, 2019

Report on Heirs' Property Highlights Challenges and Interventions for Communities

Heirs' property is land inherited by the descendants of a previous owner, often one who did not leave a will. Partners Update discusses a comprehensive report on the issues facing these property owners, including the inability to transfer wealth to future generations.

Jul 24, 2019

Raphael Bostic Publishes Housing Research

The Atlanta Fed president has coauthored a paper that examines Low-Income Housing Tax Credit housing in Chicago and the potential to create inclusive communities. This Partners Update article summarizes the paper's findings.

Nov 16, 2018

Event: Fair Housing: A Look Back and Forward at Racial Equity in Atlanta (and the Southeast)

The event recognized the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, discussed its legacy, and explored solutions to racial equity challenges that persist. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Community and Economic Development group, Georgia ACT, Georgia State University's Urban Studies Institute, National Fair Housing Alliance, Metro Fair Housing Services Inc., and Atlanta Legal Aid Society cohosted the event in Atlanta.

Jul 19, 2018

Rental Housing Affordability in the Southeast: Data from the Sixth District

The authors analyze data on housing costs and supply by household income level. They demonstrate the widespread shortage of housing that is affordable for low-income renters in large metros, small towns, suburbs, and nonmetro areas throughout the Southeast.

Oct 13, 2017

Tracking Informal Mortgages on Rental Properties

Partners Update analyzes real estate transaction data to understand trends in multifamily informal mortgages and the market conditions in which they are likely to occur.

Apr 25, 2017

Financing Affordable Housing with the LIHTC

Financing affordable housing is a growing challenge in the Southeast. Partners Update discusses the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program that supports construction and rehab of affordable housing.

Feb 16, 2017

Housing Instability: Single-Family Evictions in One Atlanta Metro County

A recent discussion paper examines housing instability and the rise of institutional investors in Fulton County's single-family rental housing. Partners Update discusses the findings and implications for communities and families.

Apr 07, 2016

Putting a Human Face on Eviction

What's behind the increasing rate of tenant evictions across the country? Harvard's Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, discussed the lack of affordable housing and shared haunting personal stories from his book at a recent Atlanta Fed event. Learn more in Partners Update.

Dec 21, 2015

From Blight to Beautification: Jacksonville's Clean, Green Initiative

The city has taken a fresh approach to address neighborhood blight, according to Partners Update. This final article in our blight reduction series looks at Jacksonville's community cleanup and beautification initiative.

Dec 15, 2015

RISE Up: Birmingham Battles Blight

Through its RISE initiative—which stands for Remove blight, Increase value, Strengthen neighborhoods, and Empower residents—Birmingham is using its land bank authority to help clear tax delinquent properties and encourage investment. This second Partners Update article in a series explores that effort.

Dec 09, 2015

Community Prosecution: A Strategy to Tackle Blight with Communities

Community prosecution is one method to mitigate crime in a community through a proactive and decentralized approach to problem solving. This first Partners Update article in a series looks at how the city of Dallas is using community prosecution to reduce blight in target neighborhoods.

Dec 01, 2015

Blight Remediation in the Southeast: Local Approaches to Design and Implementation

Blight—or the proliferation of vacant, abandoned, or poorly maintained properties—is a critical issue that cities must address. The authors analyze New Orleans and Macon, which are committed to blight remediation and could become models for other cities to emulate.

Nov 05, 2015

Citizen Engagement in Community Development

Some municipalities are using community development initiatives that capitalize on the strengths of the community and its residents to improve living conditions. But what motivates residents to engage with their local government in the first place? This Partners Update article investigates findings from an Atlanta example.

May 08, 2014

Limiting Property Tax Assessments to Slow Gentrification

Though some cities plan to reduce or freeze property tax assessments for long-time homeowners, a recent Atlanta Fed blog suggests that property taxes are not a significant driver of neighborhood change. Partners Update takes a look at the issue.

May 22, 2012

Why Did So Many People Make So Many Ex Post Bad Decisions? The Causes of the Foreclosure Crisis

An Atlanta Fed research paper suggests that prevailing optimism during the housing boom and the resulting decisions made by homeowners and financial institutions were primary causes of the foreclosure crisis. The paper examines what led to some of these decisions and how policymakers might respond in the future.