Employment and Housing Mobility: A New Report from The Mobility Agenda

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 | Margy's Blog & Updates

Policymakers Should Promote Employment and Housing Mobility
A promising strategy for a stronger economy

In a new report released by The Mobility Agenda, the authors, Martha Ross, Sarah Sattelmeyer, and Margy Waller, find that national decisionmakers should promote worker moves into opportunity neighborhoods.Housing Report Cover

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“The U.S. economy, workplace, workforce, and labor market have changed radically in the last 50 years, yet public and private policies have not kept up with the changes, contributing to a spatial mismatch between the location of jobs and the neighborhoods and communities in which workers reside. As our nation’s spatial layout continues to change, so must policies and practices in order to strengthen our economy,” say the co-authors of this report.

“State and local leaders can support and pursue federal recommendations in order to provide greater access to opportunity neighborhoods for their area’s workers,” explained Margy Waller, executive director of The Mobility Agenda. “These policies would support workers making voluntary moves and encourage others to make such moves,” she added.

The authors of Employment and Housing Mobility: Promising Practices for the Twenty-First Century Economy examine housing assistance and mobility initiatives as well as illustrate practices and policies that hold promise of success for low-wage workers moving to opportunity neighborhoods. The authors offer examples of successful mobility initiatives and provide recommendations for federal, state, and local policies.

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