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Data and Statistics

Study confirms academic benefits of reducing childhood exposure to lead-based paint

Public policy efforts in Massachusetts in the 1990s to reduce children’s exposure to lead generated “modest but statistically significant improvements in test performance in the 2000s, with particular benefits for children in low-income communities,”  according to a recent report.  The study was conducted by the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Read the study.

New survey of employers about impact of housing

There's a new local survey of employers asking about housing’s availability, condition and affordability and its impact on their ability to attract and retain workers.

Vermont 2-1-1 assesses first year of responding to after-hours calls for emergency housing

After one year of entering into a contract with the Agency of Human Services to cover the after-hours emergency housing assistance, more than 1,300 calls were received by Vermont 2-1-1.  Of these requests for after-hours emergency housing, 329 callers were eligible for housing assistance.  Alternate shelter was found for 451 of the remaining 1,015 callers who did not qualify for emergency housing.  The majority of requests for emergency housing are from single individuals.

Read more about Vermont 2-1-1.

Vermont economy recovering amidst global and national challenges

Vermont's econonomy outperformed the U.S. during the past 12 months, with tax revenues that exceeded projections by 2.5%.  Nevertheless, state economists cautioned the legislature and administration of the risks here in Vermont should national policy makers fail to reach an agreement about raising the U.S. debt ceiling. 

Home prices in Vermont will likely continue to decline slightly during the next 3 months, the economic report to the legislature explained.  After that, Vermont's real estate market is likely to begin "an extended period of very low price appreciation."

Vermont Housing Data website adds latest Census findings

Rising home prices helps owner's kids earn more

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston logoResearch shows a new way of considering the impact of rising house prices: higher prices mean higher incomes for existing homeowners’ children as they age. Unfortunately, the increase in prices also reduces the earning levels of renter’s children in the future.

New Local-Level Information from 2010 Census for Vermont Released

Yesterday the U.S. Census Bureau released new, detailed demographic information for Vermont.  

This information includes the most detailed counts available so far from the 2010 Census, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters. The statistics are available for a variety of geographic areas, with most tables available down to the neighborhood block level.

Neighborhood Census 2010 data coming next week

Next week, the U.S. Census Bureau will release the most detailed information available so far from the 2010 Census, including tables on age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, characteristics of owners and renters, and race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups. The information will be available for a variety of geographic areas, with most tables available down to the neighborhood block or census tract level.

Report: Average rent more than SSI payment

The national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is more than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of a person with a disability, according to a study released today by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force and the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC).

HUD: Chronic homelessness down, family homelessness up

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) this week released its "2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress."

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