January 2020 Newsletter


Addressing Racial Inequality by Investigating Mortgage Denials

Home ownership has traditionally been one of the main vehicles for accumulating and inheriting wealth in the United States. But not everyone has an equal chance to purchase a home.

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Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC)

Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) needed to evenly fund housing projects across the state. With PolicyMap, LHC developed much-needed strategies for reaching underserved areas of Louisiana.

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Updated Data

CDC births data is updated to 2018. This includes births by birth weight, young mothers, and prenatal care.

BLS monthly unemployment, employment, and the labor force numbers have been updated to November 2019.

Data on demographics, income, housing, education, internet access and more from the American Community (ACS) has been updated to the latest 2014-2018 time period.

FEMA disaster declarations have been updated to January 2020. Notable updates include fire disaster declarations for California and severe storm updates in South Dakota and New York.

Predominant country of birth among foreign born, including and excluding Mexico, was updated to 2014-2018.

Data on low and moderate income (Low Mod) communities is updated to 2014-2018. And here’s a reminder of how low mod designations compare.

New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) projects and transactions from the CDFI Fund were updated to include data for the time periods of 2008-2012 and 2013-2017.

The Lead Exposure Risk index is now updated to 2014-2018. PolicyMap created this dataset using a methodology developed by the Washington State Department of Health and Vox Media.

Minimum wage data from the Department of Labor, which shows the minimum wage by state, is updated to 2020.

Zipcode level Jobs by Industry data (based on location of companies) from the Census County Business Patterns is updated to 2017.

Home Mortgage Data is now updated through 2018 and is available to subscribers. New to PolicyMap is data on mortgage application denials, including breakdowns by race and ethnicity.

In case you missed it

WURD Radio Hosts PolicyMap’s Eliza Wallace and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Eileen Divringi to Discuss Housing Repair Costs Study

Urban Institute’s Housing Matters Features Research by PolicyMap and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, “The Cost to Repair America’s Housing Stock—and Which Homes Need It the Most


January – April, 2020

PolicyMap’s Craig Henderson presents at Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) SCELCAPALOOZA March 11-13

PolicyMap will attend the Population Health Colloquium March 30 – April 1

Kristin Crandall and Phil Vu will be presenting at CDBA Impact @ Scale Initiative in Washington, DC January 30