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Developing A Place-Based Approach to Entrepreneurship: Lessons from the Build From Within Alliance

 
 
News 2024

It’s Budget Season in Philadelphia. How Will the New Administration Choose to Fund Its Housing Priorities?

 
 

Examining the Accuracy, Uniformity & Equity of Philadelphia’s 2023 Real Estate Assessments

 
 

Lessons From Ten Years Studying Philadelphia’s Childcare Sector

 
 

Why Many Philadelphians Cannot Afford Affordable Housing: Estimating an Alternative Area Median Income for the City/County of Philadelphia

 
 

Housing Funding in Philadelphia: Evaluating the Impact of Public Spending

 
 

Early Learning Supply & Demand in the District of Columbia (Series)

 
 
News January 24, 2024

Reinvestment Fund’s Limited Supermarket Access Analysis Informs Expanding Access to Affordable, Healthy Food for Georgian Families

 
 

Limited Supermarket Access Analysis

 
 

Estimating Changes in the Supply of and Demand for Child Care in Philadelphia (Series)

 
 

Eviction Diversion in Philadelphia: Evaluation of Efforts to Reduce Eviction Filings in Two Program Phases

 
 

Housing Funding in Philadelphia: The Sources and Uses of Public Dollars

Philadelphia, like many large cities, directs a considerable amount of money each year to meet its residents’ needs for quality affordable housing and related services. Over three recent fiscal years (2021-2023), local public sector entities expended nearly $2.3 billion on housing.

 
 

Mortgage Lending in Philadelphia: Key Take-Aways from the 2022 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Release

 
 

Implementing Right to Counsel in Philadelphia: An Evaluation of the Program’s 2022 Rollout

 
 
News March 24, 2023

Scheme Targets Homeowners

 
 
News February 24, 2023

Appraisal Bias Is The Fair Housing Issue Of The Day | Op-ed

 
 

Disparities in Appraised Values and Contract Sales Prices in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

 
 

The Impact of Eviction and Cultural Engagement on Social Wellbeing: An Application of Ecometrics in Philadelphia

Over the past quarter century, social scientists have taken a renewed interest in neighborhood ecology. The term ecometrics describes the empirical investigation of neighborhood effects. We take an “ecometric” approach to examine two contemporary phenomena—involuntary residential movement (household eviction) and the concentration of cultural assets within neighborhoods—to examine how they might influence individual dimensions of social wellbeing and patterns of social wellbeing across Philadelphia.

 
 

Mortgage Lending in Philadelphia: Key Take-Aways from the 2021 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Release

 
 

Child Care Access in Metro Atlanta

 
 

Investor Home Purchases and the
Rising Threat to Owners and Renters: Tales from 3 Cities

 
 

Philadelphia Home Appraisal Bias Task Force Report and Recommendations

 
 
News July 27, 2022

Philadelphia Home Appraisal Bias Task Force Issues Final Report and Recommendations

Today, Councilwoman and Majority Leader Cherelle L. Parker (9th District), along with Dr. Ira Goldstein, President of Policy Solutions at Reinvestment Fund, and all the members of the Philadelphia Home Appraisal Bias Task Force, issued its Final Report and Recommendations.

 
 

Supporting Locally Driven Community Development: The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund

 
 

Racial Bias in Home Appraisals

 
 

Barriers to Homeownership

 
 

Understanding Infant and Toddler Care in Philadelphia: Capacity, Shortages, and Barriers

 
 
News April 2022

Atlanta Transaction Shows Value of Using NMTCs to Increase Homeownership

This article first appeared in the April 2022 issue of the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits.

 
 

Capitalizing Child Care: The National Landscape of Grants, Loans, and Community Development Capital in Early Childhood Education & Child Care Finance Map

 
 

Evidence-Based Policy Making

An analysis of six strategies to stabilize neighborhoods, this report examines policy interventions used to stabilize or revitalize housing markets in low- and middle-income neighborhoods.

 
 

Market Value Analysis: New Orleans

 
 

Emergency Response: An overview of the Philadelphia Emergency Fund for the Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE) program

March 2020 was a precarious time for childcare businesses in Pennsylvania and across the US. In response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. This report provides an overview of the Philadelphia Emergency Fund for the Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE) program and its accomplishments to-date. The report highlights how emergency resources administered through PEFSEE helped stabilize provider.

 
 

Mortgage Lending in Philadelphia Key Take-Aways from the 2020 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Release

The release of 2020 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data provide an opportunity to look at the local mortgage lending environment – trends in loan volume, the kinds of loans being made, where loans are made, how efficiently different groups can access credit, and how key features of originated mortgages vary across different racial groups in Philadelphia.

 
 

New Orleans Market Assessment – Analysis of Trends and Conditions

How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact the affordable housing landscape in New Orleans, and how can policymakers respond? This  report by Reinvestment Fund reviews demographic, economic, and housing market data prior to and immediately following the start of the pandemic, as well as interviews with local experts and stakeholders. The report concludes with a set of geographically targeted policy recommendations.

 
 

Words from the Field: Practitioner Perspectives on Eviction Process Improvements in Philadelphia

Since April 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and the evictions moratorium have drastically reduced Landlord-Tenant court activity, allowing Philadelphia renters to stay in their homes during a period when an eviction would subject them to risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

 
 
News May 17, 2021

New Report from Penn Law & Reinvestment Fund Advocates for Using Fair Housing Law to Promote Racial and Economic Integration

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and the Reinvestment Fund announced today the release of a pathbreaking research brief that proposes the use of fair housing law to work toward the end of segregation.

 
 

The Impact of COVID-19 on The Use of Child Care Works Subsidy in Philadelphia

This brief describes Child Care Works (CCW) usage across Philadelphia and the impact of COVID-19 on program participation.

 
 

An “All-Out” Effort to Achieve Desegregation and Equality of Opportunity: Assessment of Fair Housing 2.0

Fair housing law is an essential tool to achieving racial and economic integration and realizing the attendant benefits for all types of communities. This brief draws on structured interviews conducted by Reinvestment Fund and the University of Pennsylvania with former officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), local housing officials in New Orleans, Houston, Kansas City (MO), Indianapolis, and Philadelphia, and fair housing experts and advocates.

 
 

Debt Collection in Philadelphia

Reinvestment Fund conducted analysis of Philadelphia Municipal Court records for debt collection cases that were filed in Small Claims court between January 2016 and April 2020. In total, 90,809 case records were obtained for analysis.

 
 

Data-Driven Investments in Early Childhood Education are Making a Difference for Philadelphia Families, Small Businesses and Neighborhoods

Since 2014, Reinvestment Fund’s Fund for Quality (FFQ) and Early Childhood Education Loan Fund (ECE-LF) have been making investments to support the expansion of high-quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) opportunities throughout Philadelphia. From 2014 to 2019, the FFQ and ECE-LF have supported 51 projects at 46 unique centers, which have created or preserved 3,246 ECE high-quality seats across the city. These seats serve a diverse population of high-need families across the city.

 
 

Evictions in Philadelphia: Race (and Place) Matters

Reinvestment Fund’s research report provides new insight into how many Black and Hispanic renters in Philadelphia face an eviction filing compared to other racial and ethnic groups. While previous research has documented the persistent, statistically significant effect of Census tract-level racial composition on filing volume, this is the first look at the racial and ethnic characteristics of the universe of residential eviction defendants.

 
 

Residential Rental Property Owner Perspectives and Practices in Philadelphia: Evaluating Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A research brief by Reinvestment Fund and the Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP) that examines the experiences and perspectives of residential rental property owners and managers in Philadelphia. The brief examines challenges that landlords faced—including how they dealt with evictions—prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; new or increased difficulties stemming from the pandemic; and landlords’ engagement with and attitudes towards programs aimed at stabilizing tenants in rental housing.

 
 

Getting Back to Care: Findings from a Philadelphia Survey on Restarting Early Childhood Education

Reinvestment Fund and its partners – the City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families, Public Health Management Corporation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey – surveyed parents who have used or intend to use childcare in Philadelphia.

 
 

How Data and Market Analytics Support Strategic Code Enforcement; Mt Vernon, NY

In 2019, the city of Mount Vernon partnered with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Tolemi, and Reinvestment Fund through the Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement initiative (Cities RISE) to begin implementing a strategic code enforcement system guided by robust data and market analytics.

 
 
News September 18, 2020

Reinvestment Fund Provides Expert Witness Affidavit in Philadelphia Case on Evictions

 
 

Understanding 21st Century Gaps in Homeownership Between White and non-White Households in Pennsylvania

In 2019 Policy Solutions partnered with Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to conduct a study of historical patterns of homeownership rates for different racial/ethnic groups throughout the 21st century. The study findings highlight the ongoing persistence of gaps in White and non-White homeownership throughout Pennsylvania.

 
 

Cleveland Tax Abatement Study

Reinvestment Fund completed a study of the City of Cleveland’s residential tax abatement program. The study examined 15 years of abatement activity to identify patterns of where abatement activity has been most concentrated, to understand the fiscal impacts the abatement has had on local tax revenues, and to identify opportunities to update the program in response to contemporary market conditions in the city.

 
 

Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes: An Analysis of Judgments by Agreement in Philadelphia’s Eviction Process

In this Brief, Reinvestment Fund reviews the learnings from an analysis of JBAs as well as interviews with tenants and landlords (and their respective attorneys) and court observation.