Weathering the Recession: The Financial Crisis and Family Wealth Changes in Low-Income Neighborhoods
The Urban Institute, March 2012
28 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2013 Last revised: 5 Feb 2013
Date Written: March 1, 2012
This report looks closely at what happened to assets, debts and home equity for families living in low-income neighborhoods during the Great Recession, using data from the longitudinal Making Connections Survey. We find that both average savings and debt amounts increased between 2005/06 and 2008/09, but asset and debt levels remained lower for vulnerable families, and low-income families disproportionally lost equity during the crisis. Yet even in 2008/09, home equity was substantial and an important component of wealth ($66,000, more than four times as much as families had in savings) for the nearly half of families who were homeowners.
Keywords: Cities and Neighborhoods, Economy/Taxes, Families and Parenting, Housing Poverty Assets and Safety Net
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