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Posted by Allegra East on Nov 21, 2016

The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters

affordable-housing-report-cover-finalIndianapolis is routinely recognized as one of the more affordable regional housing markets in the nation. This relative affordability lies within the eye of the beholder as Indianapolis also fares relatively poorly in income inequality. To many low-and moderate-income households, the housing of their choice may be out of reach. Urban Analyst John Marron looks more deeply into this issue in the report, The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters, produced in partnership with The Polis Center at IUPUI for the SAVI community information system. The central theme of the report: affordable housing encompasses a broader range of economic issues than the price of a home.

In this report, we define the terms, affordable housing and subsidized housing, and explore the drivers and interrelatedness of each. We also look at general policy challenges in creating adequate affordable housing and the reason why it is a relevant policy goal, especially for low-income families. In addition, we provide a brief examination of policy options for local governments and civic leaders who have an interest in local and regional housing policy. All of this discussion is placed alongside relevant data for Central Indiana, Marion County, and Indianapolis.

Housing affordability is measured by the cost of housing relative to income. Solutions to make housing more affordable should include solutions oriented toward promoting the development of affordable housing as well as increasing the earning potential of low- and moderate-income families. Making housing cheaper allows households to afford housing; raising incomes allows households to better afford everything. Despite its reputation, Central Indiana can do better in helping its citizens become less cost-burdened by housing.

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Posted by saviadmin on Oct 29, 2014

Smoking During Pregnancy Declining in Marion County

By Michelle Jones, GIS Analyst, The Polis Center

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy not only put themselves at risk, but also the baby. Many health problems have been linked to mothers who smoke during pregnancy. These include infants with low birth weight, premature birth, still birth, and pregnancy complications. While smoking while pregnant in Indiana remains higher than the national average, the percentage of mothers who smoke during pregnancy is decreasing. In 2008, 19% of mothers reported smoking in Indiana, and in 2012 it dropped to 16.5%. The national average was 10% in 2008 and dropped to 9% in 2012.

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Posted by saviadmin on Jun 5, 2014

The Changing Demographics of the foreign-born Population in America and Indiana

By Jay Colbert

We recently came across these interesting maps created by the Pew Research Center showing the changing demographics of the foreign-born population in America. Several media outlets featured these fascinating maps where Pew compared the biggest sources of immigrants into each state in the U.S. from 1910 and 2010 census.

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