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University / Research
  • The Almanac of Policy Issues
    This site has a review of the 106th Congress's work on housing, and good housing-related links at the bottom of the page.

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Housing Publications
    The Center is a reliable research institute that conducts analyses on government policies and programs. This portion of their Web site, contains a series of complete publications related to Low-Income Housing.

  • Center for Housing and New Community Economics (University of New Hampshire)
    CHANCE's mission is to improve and increase access to integrated, affordable, and accessible housing coordinated with, but separate from, personal assistance and supportive services.

  • Change Communications
    This internet site offers a wide range of links to key housing and community development organizations, resources, government agencies and databases.

  • Enterprise Foundation
    A national, nonprofit housing and community development organization. It publishes a series of useful journals, provides access to an online Best-Practices Database, and holds an annual conference. Phone: 410-964-1230

  • Joint Center for Housing Studies (at Harvard)
    Focus is mainly on housing sales, construction; just released a report on 3/5/02 - The State of the Nation's Housing:2001 - bulk of it examines housing sales and rental trends, but towards the end of the document discussion of special housing needs.

  • The Urban Institute
    The Urban Institute's goals are to sharpen thinking about society's problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens' awareness about important public choices.

  • Virginia Center for Housing Research (Virginia Tech)
    Located at Virginia Tech, has a mission to serve as "an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource on housing for the Commonwealth of Virginia."

  • Yahoo's directory of sites on housing
    Includes subject grouped sites for homelessness, fair housing, affordable housing; individual links include sites for women's housing issues

Associations / Interest & Advocacy Groups
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing
    "CSH was created in 1991 with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Ford Foundation to support the individual efforts of local nonprofit pioneers developing service-supported housing for those most in need -- people coping with extreme poverty and mental illness, addiction or HIV/AIDS."

  • The Homeownership Alliance
    The Homeownership Alliance is an organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and expanding housing opportunities for all Americans.

  • Housing Assistance Council
    Helping local organizations in rural America build affordable homes

  • The McAuley Institute
    McAuley Institute is a national, nonprofit housing organization founded by the Sisters of Mercy.

  • National Housing Institute
    NHI also focuses on affordable housing, but also poverty and racism. Their Web site provides access to full text publications and Shelterforce magazine articles back to 1994.

  • National Low Income Housing Coalition
    Founded in 1974, their focus is on affordable housing, Website includes full-text reports from the Coalition, including their Advocate's Guide to Housing and Community Development Policy. They also track news and alerts relating to housing on a weekly basis.

  • National Association of Home Builders
    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a federation of more than 800 state and local builders associations throughout the United States. Chief among NAHB's goals is providing and expanding opportunities for all consumers to have safe, decent and affordable housing.

  • American Housing Technology and Information Resource
    The research arm of NAHB.

  • Home Builders Care
    NAHB's campaign to encourage member community outreach.

  • AIDS Housing of Washington
    A non-profit organization that develops Seattle-area housing for people with AIDS, also maintains an online resource library on the field, and a national database of housing providers.

By Topic
Mental Retardation
Mentally Ill Homeless
  • The National Coalition for the Homeless Web site has extensive research on the affordable housing shortage and other issues concerning the homeless.

  • The Urban Institute maintains a database of studies on homelessness and housing, including Martha Burt's brief What Will It Take to End Homelessness?

  • Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve, a 1996 study conducted by the Census Bureau, is among the most complete recent compilations of data about the homeless.

  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition Web site provides an analysis of the hourly wage necessary for a worker to afford a two-bedroom apartment in different parts of the United States, as well as other information.

  • National Alliance to End Homelessness
    NAEH works "to mobilize the nonprofit, public and private sectors of society in an alliance to end homelessness." Their site includes information about policy and legislation as well as statistics and information for children.

Foster care
  • The Orphan Foundation of America includes a wealth of statistics and other information about children in and leaving foster care.

  • The Children's Bureau is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It issues an annual Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report on children in the foster care system that includes extensive information on who and where they are.

  • Foster Youth Transitions to Adulthood: A Longitudinal View of Youth Leaving Care, a University of Chicago study, is one of the most recent and highly regarded studies to track children leaving foster care. It was published in Child Welfare, vol. LXXX, Number 6, November/December 2001.

  • Foster Care Today, a study by researchers at Casey Family Programs, provides an overview of the history of foster care and the current state of the child welfare system.

  • The National Foster Parent Association offers a range of information on foster care.

  • The Fortune Society has extensive information about the criminal justice system and the support available for ex-offenders.

  • The Justice Policy Institute examines current prison trends, along with alternatives to incarceration.

  • The National Institute of Justice has published a series of papers on sentencing and corrections, including When Prisoners Return to the Community: Political, Economic and Social Consequences.

  • The Urban Institute provides extensive research on crime in America in the "Issues in Focus" section of its Web site.

Domestic Violence
Physical Disability
  • The Technical Assistance Collaborative is a national organization that works on behalf of people with disabilities or other special needs by providing technical expertise in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services and affordable housing.