Episode 64 - Dr. Anna Santiago, Dr. George Galster, and Renee Nicolosi: Where People Live Matters: Using Housing Policy as an Anti-Poverty and Asset-Building Intervention

Monday, February 07, 2011, 9:56:54 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss their research that attempts to respond to and understand how housing policy influences not only its clients, but the neighborhoods in which they reside. They describe, amongst other programs, the Home Ownership Program in Denver, Colorado; their longitudinal research; their findings; and the continuing challenges to sustaining home ownership and its effect on poverty.

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Average Rating: 4stars  housing policy, Wednesday, February 23, 2011

By Miri S.B. :

In this podcast the Denver housing project was discussed and evaluated. The Denver housing project is a project in which housing is placed in non-poor neighborhoods for people on government assistance. The purpose of this project is to help people to improve their financial status long-term. In other words it aims to help get people to a point where they do not need section 8 or Belmont in order to have housing. In evaluating this project they looked at what has changed in participants lives. Did participants change employment or go back to school. The second part of the study looked at home ownership for the members. An important part of what they are studying is what happens to participants after they bought their home. They looked at financial status before and after home purchases. They also looked at the change of neighborhoods. Did the neighborhood improve after participants bought a home. An interesting goal of this project is sustainability in home ownership. Another goal is financial education.
A major part of the success of this program is the sustained relationships. Participants are helped, encouraged and collaborated without throughout the home buying process and beyond. The presenters also discussed some of the challenges that this program came across.

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