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How Housing Matters: Chicago

June 16, 2016

Nearly half of Chicago adults (48%) and 40% of adults living in Chicago's suburbs report that they spend more than 30% of their income on housing--far more than the 31% of all U.S. adults who report paying such a high percentage of their income for housing. MacArthur's 2016 How Housing Matters Survey, which offers both national and Chicago-area data this year, reveals the prolonged housing affordability crisis has had a profound impact, with city residents, expressing worry at higher rates that "the worst is yet to come." Despite pessimism and insecurity about housing affordability, Chicago residents believe the situation is solvable: 70% of city residents think a great deal or fair amount can be done. For the situation to improve, they feel that it is very important (70%) for elected leaders in Washington, DC to address the problem of housing affordability. In addition to 1,200 adults interviewed across the nation between April 28 and May 10, Hart Research Associates also interviewed 303 adults in the City of Chicago and 300 adults in the Chicago suburbs. Findings from this representative sample of 603 Chicago Metro Area adults include: City residents, and African Americans across the Chicago metro region, are especially skeptical that the housing crisis is over.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students In America's Public Schools

June 13, 2016

Student homelessness is on the rise, with more than 1.3 million homeless students identified during the 2013-14 school year. This is a 7 percent increase from the previous year and more than double the number of homeless students in 2006-07. As high as these numbers seem, they are almost certainly undercounts.Despite increasing numbers, these students - as well as the school liaisons and state coordinators who support them - report that student homelessness remains an invisible and extremely disruptive problem.Students experiencing homelessness struggle to stay in school, to perform well, and to form meaningful connections with peers and adults. Ultimately, they are much more likely to fall off track and eventually drop out of school more often than their non-homeless peers.This study:provides an overview of existing research on homeless students,sheds light on the challenges homeless students face and the supports they say they need to succeed,reports on the challenges adults - local liaisons and state coordinators - face in trying to help homeless students, andrecommends changes in policy and practice at the school, community, state and national level to help homeless students get on a path to adult success.This is a critical and timely topic. The recent reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides many new and stronger provisions for homeless students (effective Oct. 1, 2016); requires states, district and schools for the first time to report graduation rates for homeless students (effective beginning with the 2016-17 school year); and affirms the urgency and importance of dealing with homelessness so that all children can succeed.

How Housing Matters

June 5, 2015

A significant majority of Americans believes the country is still not past the housing crisis that began seven years ago, according to a new survey of housing attitudes released today by MacArthur. Despite some improvement in their view of the housing situation nationally, the enduring sense of the housing market under pressure is reflected in the public feeling more worried and concerned than hopeful and confident about what the future holds for the country. Americans believe it is harder than it used to be to attain a secure middle-class lifestyle and significantly more likely for a family to fall from the middle class than to join it.This survey is the third annual national survey of housing attitudes conducted by Hart Research Associates and commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation. Hart Research Associates interviewed 1401 adults, including landlines and cell phones, between April 27 and May 5.

How Housing Matters: Americans' Attitudes Transformed by the Housing Crisis & Changing Lifestyles

April 3, 2013

On behalf of the MacArthur Foundation, Hart Research Associates undertook a comprehensive research study to explore the role that housing plays in Americans' lives and to inform the policy discourse on housing in America. This research, which began in November 2012 and continued through March 2013, employed both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. For the quantitative component, a nationwide telephone survey was conducted from February 27 to March 10, 2013 among 1,433 adults (including 240 cell-phone only adults). The sample included oversamples of African Americans (for a total of 226), Hispanics (total of 226), and renters (total of 436). To ensure an accurate representation of adults nationwide, slight weights were applied to bring the oversamples in line with their proper proportions in the overall population. The margin of error is +/-2.8 percentage points in the full survey sample and is higher among subgroups. The survey design was informed by 10 focus groups conducted in November and December 2012 to explore potential survey topics and to give Americans an opportunity to express their views in their own words. Seven in-person focus groups were conducted among various segments of the general population, including two groups in Nashville, Tennessee, two in Riverside, California, and three in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Four of these groups comprised renters and owners living in tenuous housing situations, while the remaining three were segmented by age to represent a cross section of younger, middle-aged, and older adults. Three telephone focus groups also were conducted among public policy experts and social service practitioners: one among public policy experts in fields adjacent to housing, such as education, workforce development, and poverty, one group among housing policy experts; and one group among education leaders and executives of community-based organizations providing social services such as health care, food assistance, and employment resources.

The Online Generation Gap: Contrasting Attitudes and Behaviors of Parents and Teens

November 14, 2012

This report explores the online generation gap between parents and teens and reveals a number of disparities in their views about online safety. Among the 511 teens and 500 parents who were polled in the online survey, there were major discrepancies regarding perceptions of what teens do online, whether teens and parents have had conversations about online safety, and how much parents monitor teens' online activity. The survey also yielded positive findings, including that the majority of teens are demonstrating smart online behaviors. Significant advancements can and should be made to improve communications between parents and teens about online behavior.

Communities of Color And Public School Reform: Findings from Qualitative and Quantitative Research

November 1, 2011

The objectives of this research project were to:* Understand the perceptions of low- to moderate-income African-American and Latino parents/caregivers concerning the schools in their communities and the schools their children attend.* Understand the importance of a college education and thecollege-going expectations that parents of color have for their children.* Assess attitudes of parents/caregivers toward key aspects of public school reform.* Identify effective means of connecting with parents/caregivers of color to enlist their support for school reform and improvement efforts.This research was conducted in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, Black Alliance for Educational Options, Campaign for High School Equity, Communities for Teaching Excellence, Leadership Conference Education Fund, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, National Council of La Raza, National Indian Education Association, National Urban League, Public Education Network, United Negro College Fund, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Southern Education Foundation, and Stand for Children

The Rockefeller Foundation Infrastructure Survey

February 10, 2011

Summarizes survey findings with respect to voters' views on the need for bipartisanship to address the nation's decaying transportation infrastructure; top priorities for investments; ways to pay for them; and reforms in spending by political affiliation.