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Lessons From Chicago's Public Housing Transformation

The key successes and challenges faced by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and its residents are explored in a new series of five research briefs by the Urban Institute. Read More
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Building Successful Neighborhoods

From the Urban Institute's What Works Collaborative, this report lays out a research agenda on neighborhood policy. Read More
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Public Housing Transformation and Crime in Atlanta and Chicago

A study by The Urban Institute, a MacArthur grantee, examines whether the public housing demolition and relocation of former public housing residents into private, subsidized homes as part of the Chicago and Atlanta public housing transformations ... Read More
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Demographic Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Housing Markets

A new report identifies dwindling rates of homeownership, especially among African Americans and Hispanics. Read More

Will It Take a Crisis to Fix U.S. Fiscal Policy?

Unless current policies are reformed, the national debt will continue to grow, making a sovereign debt crisis, like those in Ireland and Greece, inevitable, according to a new paper by Rudy Penner of the Urban Institute. Read More

Many Vulnerable Chicago Public Housing Residents Enjoy Better Health, Housing, and Employment, but Youth Still Distressed

An Urban Institute project shows that the most disadvantaged Chicago residents have improved quality of life indicators. Read More

New Poll: Voters Want Congress to Act to Reduce the National Debt

More than 70 percent of mid-term voters polled in a post-election survey say it is "very important" that Congress takes steps to reduce the national debt. Read More

Former Residents of Chicago’s Madden/Wells Public Housing Now Live in Better Housing, Safer Neighborhoods

New research suggests that families that moved from Chicago’s Madden/Wells public housing community now live in better housing and safer neighborhoods. Read More

Housing Support for Vulnerable Families

A new study by the Urban Institute, a MacArthur grantee, focuses on how to assist vulnerable families who were left behind by the transformation of public housing into mixed-income communities. Read More

How Housing Matters to Families & Communities 2009 Grant Recipients

Columbia (2009) Cornell (2009) Johns Hopkins (2009) Ohio State (2009) Princeton (2009) RAND-Inclusionary Zoning and Schools (2009) St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto (2009) University of Illinois at Chicago (2009) University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (2009) University ... Read More

Competitive Grants Competition Awards $6 Million to 13 Housing Research Projects

The projects will produce a base of empirical evidence to show how housing affects children’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development and how housing choices shape the economic, physical, and emotional well-being of adults. Read More

Project Seeks to Cut Recidivism Among Former Prisoners

With two-thirds of former prisoners in Illinois convicted of another crime within three years of their release from prison, the state's comprehensive program seeks to cut this number dramatically. Read More

“Philanthropy, Benefit-Cost Analysis, and Public Policy,” Remarks by Jonathan F. Fanton at the 2008 Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's research grantmaking and support for efforts to align policy with sound evidence. Read More

Enewsletter: Housing Matters

For children and families, housing matters. But how? How important is housing to healthy human and community development? Ask Maricela Contreras. She remembers how it was for her growing up in Chicago, moving from apartment to ... Read More

Improving Public Housing In Chicago

MacArthur has announced nearly $2.5 million in grants to help the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) transform public housing in the city and to ensure that public housing residents and neighborhoods benefit from the changes. Read More