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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.

Jul 29, 2022

CDFIs Expand Access to Workforce Development Training

The workforce development sector needs new ways to finance education and training at every level. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) can play an important role. This Partners Update article summarizes a recent paper that explores partnerships with CDFIs in the workforce development system.

Jul 14, 2022

Household Financial Well-Being in the Southeast

A healthy economy is one that offers economic mobility and resilience to everyone. Read Partners Update for a discussion of two webinars in the Atlanta Fed’s Inclusive and Resilient Recovery series that looked at the financial health of households.

Feb 17, 2022

Constraints to an Inclusive Recovery: Highlights from an Atlanta Fed Report

Our Community and Economic Development team continues to monitor how COVID-19 is affecting both communities and organizations that serve low- and moderate-income households and communities of color in the Southeast. Explore the group’s recent findings on this topic in Partners Update.

Dec 02, 2021

Heirs' Property Prevention and Resolution Funders' Forum - December 2, 2021

Join the Atlanta Fed and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta for an event to provide potential funders with solutions to the heirs’ property challenge on December 2 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Nov 17, 2021

Toward an Inclusive Recovery: Increasing the Housing Security of Vulnerable Renters through Rental Assistance - November 17, 2021

Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic spoke about the need to create and implement a housing system equitable for all in closing a virtual event on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing instability for renters.

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.

Sep 29, 2021

Tackling Vacancy and Abandonment: Strategies and Impacts after the Great Recession

This joint research publication by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Fed, and the Center for Community Progress explores the challenges associated with vacant and abandoned properties since the mortgage crisis and offers lessons for future policies and strategies.

Jun 30, 2021

A Conversation about Surveillance and Assessment of Online Payments-Related Crimes

In this episode of the Economy Matters podcast, an expert on cybercrime and cybersecurity talks about his work, and his partnership with the Atlanta Fed, to combat the growing threat of crime related to online payments. podcast

Jun 03, 2021

Special Briefing: Despite CDC Moratorium, Atlanta-Area Eviction Filings Hit Low-Income, Minority Neighborhoods Adobe PDF file format

This paper examines eviction filings that occurred during the pandemic in the Atlanta metro area. The authors find that a neighborhood’s racial composition and median income serve as strong indicators of pandemic eviction filings.

Feb 10, 2021

Financial Resilience Challenges during the Pandemic

The history of discriminatory policies leaves many Black and Hispanic people less resilient in the face of the economic shock caused by the pandemic. Partners Update examines this history's connections to household financial resilience.

Jan 15, 2021

Home Ownership Affordability Monitor Update

What effects are low interest rates, spiking house prices, and the ongoing COVID pandemic having on home affordability? This Economy Matters article discusses the Home Ownership Affordability Monitor’s October 2020 findings.

Dec 30, 2020

Tackling Racial Equity through Community Development

Focusing on the role structural racism plays in our economy and society, the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, and Minneapolis launched the Racism and the Economy series. Partners Update reflects on emerging lessons from the series and what it means to use data and expertise to inform policymakers.

Nov 24, 2020

Modernized CRA Could Help Build a More Equitable Economy

As the way people bank evolves, regulations around banking also need periodic updating. This Economy Matters article looks at the Community Reinvestment Act and how it might change to better reflect today’s banking environment.

Oct 22, 2020

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Virtual Roundtable on Inclusive and Equitable Community Development Recovery Strategies for Practitioners - October 22, 2020

In the webinar, Atlanta Fed staff discussed their research and demonstrated the Bank's housing-related data tools. City officials from Birmingham and New Orleans spoke about local programs created in response to the COVID-19 recession and how they are working toward an inclusive and equitable recovery in their communities.

Oct 05, 2020

Webinars Discuss Racism and the Economy

This Economy Matters article introduces the new webinar series that focuses on systemic racism and its impact on the economy, the criminal justice system, housing, health care, and more.

Sep 18, 2020

The Racial Income Gap and Benefits Cliffs

Income gaps along racial lines are the result of long-standing structurally discriminatory policies across U.S. institutions. Although laws have changed, the legacy of these policies still affects people today. Partners Update examines how benefits cliffs differentially affect minority populations.

Sep 17, 2020

"Nationally, Housing Is Unaffordable": A Conversation on Housing Affordability

Many factors combine to affect housing affordability. This episode of the Economy Matters podcast features a discussion of the Atlanta Fed's new tool for assessing nationwide housing affordability. podcast

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.

Mar 06, 2020

Home Ownership Affordability Monitor

This tool tracks the relative changes in home ownership affordability at a higher frequency and more granular level of geography than other current housing tools. It measures the ability of a median-income household to absorb the estimated annual costs associated with owning a median-priced home.

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.

Oct 01, 2019

One Region. Many Economies.

Why does affordable housing for everyone matter to the Atlanta Fed? And why does it matter to you? Read our third installment in a special Economy Matters series on economic mobility in the Southeast to learn about the importance of affordable housing and the far-reaching effects the lack of it can have.

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.

Jan 30, 2019

Southeastern Homebuilders Encounter Array of Headwinds

Though the housing crisis is over, regional builders are grappling with multiple challenges that affect housing costs. Economy Matters examines the landscape that homebuilders are navigating.

Dec 13, 2018

Confronting Rental Affordability Shortages in the Rural Southeast

In many rural areas in the region, affordable rental housing is in short supply—and it might get worse. Economy Matters looks at some experts' suggestions intended to combat a persistent and growing problem.

Dec 07, 2018

Fed Research Looks at the Southeast's Affordable Housing Squeeze

The growing scarcity of housing affordable to people of limited means is a national problem. Economy Matters examines recent Fed research that looks into the issue from regional and national perspectives.

Aug 30, 2018

"Our Region as a Whole Would Benefit": A Conversation about the Social Determinants of Health

Addressing residents’ health care needs in rural areas is a big challenge. In this episode of the Economy Matters podcast, Atlanta Fed researcher Sameera Fazili discusses her work on how to improve health outcomes in these areas.  podcast

Aug 16, 2018

Residential Real Estate: A Southeast Update

A constrained supply of affordable housing and continued in-migration to the Southeast have created pockets of regional tightness. Economy Matters' "ViewPoint" looks at the state of the residential real estate market.

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.

Jun 08, 2018

The Affordable Housing Shortage: Can Transit-Oriented Development Play a Role?

For many metro areas, the shortage of affordable housing has become an acute problem. Can development around public transportation play a role in alleviating it? Economy Matters considers the opportunities and challenges.