Jennifer Ludden

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Adding work requirements for food stamps doesn't have desired effect, researchers say

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The debt-ceiling deal that Congress is considering adds work requirements for some people on food stamps. Researchers say the bigger issue is that the requirements don't actually help many find work.


Work requirements for safety-net programs are being debated during debt-ceiling talks

Saturday, May 27, 2023

A major point of contention in debt-ceiling negotiations is tougher work requirements for safety-net programs.


Would you live next to co-workers for the right price? This company is betting yes

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Businesses like Cook Medical in Indiana say the housing shortage makes it harder to recruit and keep middle-income workers. Now, more companies are building places for employees to rent or even buy.


Cities may be debating reparations, but here's why most Americans oppose the idea

Monday, March 27, 2023

Compensation for descendants of enslaved people is broadly controversial, and especially so among whites and Republicans. Researchers say one reason may be misperceptions about the racial wealth gap.


'Poverty, By America' shows how the rest of us benefit by keeping others poor

Friday, March 17, 2023

Pulitzer winner for Evicted Matthew Desmond examines why the U.S. has more poverty than other rich nations. He finds it spends big on social programs, but gives the most to those who need it least.


Racial bias often creeps into home appraisals. Here's what's happening to change that

Monday, March 13, 2023

Black and Latinx homes are more likely to be undervalued by real estate appraisers, who are mostly older white men. New recruiting and technology aims to change how appraisals are done and by whom.


Racial bias in home appraising prompts changes in the industry

Friday, March 10, 2023

Accusations of racial bias are fueling changes in the home appraisal industry. Companies say modernizing the technology and data they use will help limit discrimination.


The effort to diversify the field of home appraisal

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Real estate appraisers are overwhelmingly older, white and male. Now, with a growing body of research on racial bias in appraisals, there's a new push to bring in more diverse people.


The U.S. needs more affordable housing – where to put it is a bigger battle

Saturday, February 11, 2023

American suburbs mandated single-family homes generations ago, often to segregate areas by race and class. New laws allow more-affordable options like townhomes but construction so far has been slow.


There's a push to change zoning laws to create more affordable housing

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Single-family homes define America's suburbs, and they've been mandated by law for generations. Now some states and cities are changing that to try and create more affordable housing.


Rental application fees add up fast in a tight market. But limiting them is tough

Friday, January 13, 2023

California is the latest in a string of states and cities to try and save renters money on repeated application fees. But legal aid attorneys say the laws are proving difficult to enforce.


Cities and states are trying to limit high application fees for renters

Thursday, January 12, 2023

In a tight and competitive housing market, the first barrier for many are rental application fees. States and cities have passed laws to limit them, but it's proving hard to enforce.


Southwest plans on near-normal operations Friday after widespread cancellations

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Ahead of the New Year's weekend, the airline said that Friday will see minimal disruptions after its slashed schedule stranded hundreds of thousands of travelers during a wintry holiday stretch.


The blizzard is just one reason behind the operational meltdown at Southwest Airlines

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Southwest isn't the only airline experiencing delays and cancellations, but it is by far the worst-hit, with about 5,500 of its flights canceled across the country in the last two days.


'It is the obvious thing.' The White House tries a new tack to combat homelessness

Monday, December 19, 2022

The Biden administration says to end the homelessness crisis, more must be done to keep people from losing housing in the first place. But identifying and reaching those most at risk is a challenge.


Rent control expands as tenants struggle with the record-high cost of housing

Monday, November 28, 2022

Voters in several cities approved ballot measures to cap rents, part of a larger resurgence of rent control. Economists warn that such caps can actually reduce affordable housing overall.


Voters approve more spending on affordable housing in cities across the U.S.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Gas prices got a lot of attention in the midterms, but high housing costs are a bigger chunk of people's budgets. In cities around the country, voters approved more spending on affordable housing.


Voters approved more money for affordable housing around the country

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Skyrocketing rents and home prices have been a major part of voters' economic pain. New spending will go toward building and subsidizing more housing, and helping people avoid homelessness.


It's harder to buy a house. This city fought back by outbidding corporate landlords

Thursday, November 03, 2022

A Cincinnati agency says large investors are taking some of the most affordable homes off the market, exacerbating the racial wealth gap. It's now helping its new tenants buy the homes themselves.


Roommate wanted: Homeless people are pairing up as a way around the housing crisis

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Given record high rents and low vacancy rates, housing providers are offering to match people up as roommates to get them off the streets. But it can be a tough sell for both renters and landlords.