Given support and a choice, families move to where children do best

first_img Raj Chetty, fellow researchers ask: Why stop at research? Raj Chetty returning to Harvard Will rejoin Economics Department, where he’ll work to leverage research on inequality into policy solutions Opportunity Insights study also finds better returns in keeping students in school than in job-training programs A collaboration between Harvard’s Opportunity Insights and Seattle and King County public housing agencies in Washington found that giving support and advice about their options to families with housing choice vouchers led to significantly more of them moving to neighborhoods where children have higher recorded rates of upward mobility.Fifty-four percent of families who received the enhanced services as part of the Creating Moves to Opportunity (CMTO) initiative chose to go to so-called high-opportunity areas, compared with approximately 14 percent of families who received standard services from housing authorities, according to a recent Opportunity Insights report. Based on a sample of 310 families, the CMTO program increased the share of families who leased units in high-opportunity neighborhoods by 40 percentage points. The result demonstrates that low-income families are concentrated in lower-opportunity areas in part due to barriers preventing them from moving to higher-opportunity areas.“Through CMTO, we found that a small intervention can dramatically change a family’s ability to provide their children with the upward mobility promised in the American Dream,” said economist Raj Chetty, director of Opportunity Insights.High-opportunity neighborhoods were identified using the Opportunity Atlas created by researchers at the Census Bureau, Harvard, and Brown University to determine where low-income children have the best chance of becoming successful. This information was combined with the expertise of local public housing authorities on neighborhood characteristics. Opportunity Insight research shows that every year spent in a higher-opportunity neighborhood during childhood increases the likelihood of college attendance, as well as a boost of $302,000 in lifetime earnings. However, at present most of the 2.2 million American families receiving housing choice vouchers cluster in relatively high-poverty, low-opportunity neighborhoods.“The results of CMTO are incredibly encouraging,” said Chetty. “It shows that in Seattle and King County, segregation is not a result of deep preferences that families have to live in specific neighborhoods or widespread discriminatory preferences among landlords.”Families chosen to receive additional CMTO services were randomly selected from those at the top of the housing voucher waitlists. They were educated on the location of high-opportunity areas, and received personalized rental application coaching, housing search assistance, and financial assistance. Additionally, CMTO staff actively recruited new landlords to rent to families. Families receiving CMTO services were not required to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods and kept their vouchers regardless of their neighborhood decisions. The trial began in April 2018, and subjects were followed until June 2019.Opportunity Insights partnered with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Johns Hopkins University, and MDRC in addition to the housing authorities in creating CMTO. The King County project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Surgo Foundation. Social spending on kids yields biggest bang for the buck Reviving the American dream, one neighborhood at a time Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Bills Choose ‘Bills Stadium’ After Cutting Ties With New Era

first_imgBuffalo Bills Logo.ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills are settling for simplicity in calling their home field “Bills Stadium” after they were unable to find a new naming rights partner before the start of the season.The Bills announced the decision on Thursday, shortly before the team practiced inside the facility for the first time during training camp.“As we continue the transition process from New Era Field to a new naming rights partner, we will officially use the name Bills Stadium for our home in Orchard Park,” the Bills announced.The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company backed out of its naming rights agreement last month at a time the global sports headwear and clothing apparel company was laying off more than 100 employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. New Era signage is still visible around the facility, including the company’s name featured on a large billboard along the front of the stadium.The decision to drop out of the agreement came four years after New Era acquired the naming rights for what was previously called Ralph Wilson Stadium, and named after the team’s late Hall of Fame owner.The agreement was worth more than $35 million and spanned the remaining seven years of the Bills’ lease with the county-controlled facility. New Era was also provided the right of first refusal to extend the agreement under a new lease or if the team built a new stadium. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Darren Criss & Lea Salonga Team Up & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Darren Criss & Lea Salonga Join Forces for After the StormGlee’s Darren Criss is joining forces with Tony winner Lea Salonga, Lou Diamond Phillips, the Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.ap and many more for a benefit concert for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The one night only event, After the Storm, will be staged at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center on June 15.Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Will Have New York PremiereThe tour of Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will wind its way to New York City. Written by King with music by John Mellencamp and directed by Susan Booth, the tuner will play the Beacon Theatre on November 24.Tony Voters to Get Better Gift BagsAlong with rather controversially ditching the sound categories, those in charge of the Tony Awards have also raised eyebrows by suspending the limits on promotional items for Tony nominators and voters for the 2014-15 season. The New York Times reports that producers can now decide how generous they’re going to be themselves. Might we suggest life size Jake Gyllenhaal dolls? One of those large King and I dresses? Maybe even a Fun Home?Alec Baldwin & Kelli O’Hara Shake Up ShakespeareAlec Baldwin, Kelli O’Hara and A Gentleman’s Guide’s Bryce Pinkham have joined the previously announced roster of Broadway faves including James Earl Jones, Cynthia Nixon and Steven Pasquale, for Shakespeare in America. The event takes place on June 30 at the Delacorte Theater and will include readings from Baldwin and Jones, as well as singing from O’Hara and Pasquale. Bring on the Bard. Darren Criss Star Files Bryce Pinkham Alec Baldwin Lea Salonga Kelli O’Hara View Comments View All (5)last_img read more

Arizona utility to add 1,000MW of solar by 2025

first_imgArizona utility to add 1,000MW of solar by 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arizona Republic:Salt River Project will massively increase the amount of solar energy the utility uses by 2025, saving the company money and reducing its reliance on natural gas, officials said Thursday. SRP officials said they plan to add 1,000 megawatts of solar to the system over seven years, a big increase from the 200 megawatts on SRP’s system today.CEO Mike Hummel told the board members the amount is the maximum amount of solar energy SRP can put into service without major impacts on the grid and the company’s coal-fired power plants. “It is an aggressive move on renewables,” Hummel said. “It is an aggressive move on scale. But it is one I believe we can make work.”SRP also has about 180 megawatts of solar on its system that customers have installed, and that figure is expected to grow to about 300 megawatts over the same time, Hummel said.SRP came up with the plan after setting out to explore the maximum amount of solar energy it could accommodate on the power grid, he said. During the hottest hours of the hottest days, power demand from SRP customers peaks at about 7,000 megawatts.The plan means SRP will get 16 percent of its energy supply from renewable sources in 2025, with 11 percent of that from solar alone. It will get another 11 percent of its supply from energy-efficiency measures that encourage customers to use less electricity.SRP officials didn’t offer a cost estimate since the utility won’t construct plants, but Courtright said based on market prices today SRP should save money because solar energy is cheaper than power from natural gas plants.More: Salt River Project plans massive increase in solar power uselast_img read more

Colombian Warrant Officer Castaño To Give Up Fencing For Flying

first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2011 At 22, Warrant Officer Fabio Andres Castaño has a dream: to become a pilot for the Colombian Air Force. This dream will come at a cost since it will keep him from fencing competitions, a passion he developed when he first entered the military four years ago. The 5th Military World Games have become a beautiful farewell party for Castaño, who had never competed in any international tournament. The chance to compete alongside other South Americans, Europeans and Asians is an experience the Colombian is intensely enjoying. “For me, this tournament is wonderful, but my goal is to become a pilot, which is more important than being a fencer,” said Castaño, who in two months, begins his flying lessons. “I’m happy to be here, but my goal is to fly,” he added. Castaño says he will retire from competitions, but try to continue fencing. “If I stay in Bogota or Cali, where the sport is practiced, I’ll continue to train, but I’ll focus on my studies,” said the Colombian, who competed in the foil category. Castaño reached the second knockout stage in fourth place out of 32 fencers, but was defeated 15 to 12 by Jufri Jufri of Indonesia. The loss to the Indonesian is not Castaño’s last event at the Games. He’ll compete again on Friday (July 22) in the team foil category.last_img read more

Clandestine Tunnel Found on the Mexican-U.S. Border

first_imgBy Dialogo January 08, 2013 A sophisticated tunnel, which would be used for drugs and trafficking undocumented migrants, was found on January 5, the Mexicali police informed, near the border with the United States. The tunnel entrance was a warehouse located 300 meters from the border between Mexicali and Calexico in California, Mexican Chief of Police Marco Antonio Carrillo, told AFP. The tunnel has a ventilation system and lighting, and it is considered “the most sophisticated one found so far in the last few years, and it has wood in its structure,” explained Carrillo, who added that it was located thanks to an anonymous call. According to the authorities, the tunnel is 10 meters deep and about 30 meters long in the direction of the border, and was still under construction. A man was arrested at the scene. The discovery of tunnels between the Mexican and United States border has increased, especially in the northeast region. The passages, some of them rudimentary, and others sophisticated, are used by organized crime groups to traffic drugs and undocumented migrants bound for the United States.last_img read more

Sticks and stones will break my bones but letters will never hurt me

first_imgYesterday, CUNA and NAFCU sent a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch responding to the escalating tirade of the Banking Industry against “large” credit unions. I put large in quotes of course because a handful of banks in Manhattan hold more assets than the entire credit union industry combined and that’s not even talking about the other 49 states. Anyway, in many ways the banker’s latest attack is a sign of credit union success, not weakness.Think of it this way, we just had the biggest tax overhaul since 1986 and not a single credit union issue gained serious traction. This is pure speculation on my part, but I view this latest round of banking recriminations as nothing more or less than a political consolation prize combined with a well-timed tirade to muddy up CUNA’s GAC. Let’s not let the bankers succeed. There are too many other important issues for the industry’s Grassroots lobbyists to get side tracked on debating tax issues.The consolation prize was a letter from retiring octogenarian and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch questioning whether some credit unions have grown too big for their mission. For the record, in the heyday of the Regan era, Orrin Hatch was one of my favorite Senators. He was a thinking man’s conservative who wasn’t afraid to work with Democrats like Ted Kennedy do get stuff done. In short, he was the type of Senator who would get primaried out of today’s Republican Party. The letter penned under his name to NCUA is a strange letter to be sending out after your committee completed a tax overhaul. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

10 check scam prevention tips for accountholders

first_img continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Over the last few years, the FTC has reported a growing number of complaints about scams involving counterfeited checks. Fake checks are used in numerous types of scams, and are therefore quite dangerous to your financial institution and accountholders.Uncovering a fraudulent check can take much longer than the time your financial institution is given to clear a deposited check – and scam artists are ready and willing to take advantage of this fact. By the time you discover a fake check, the criminal could be long gone, and your accountholder may be stuck repaying some or all of the owed funds.Take steps to ensure your accountholders’ finances – and your reputation – stay in the green! Share the below tips with your accountholders to help them prevent an attack involving fake checks:last_img read more

Protest gatherings spark concern amid pandemic

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As mass amounts of people gather to protest across the country, health officials are fearful of coronavirus outbreaks. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. “What we would do is work to find out when and what times and then issue a public statement so anyone there would know to self-monitor,” said Director of Public Health Rebecca Kaufman. “All along we’ve anticipated an uptick in cases just because we’re out seeing each other and the virus is still in our community. Obviously it’s peoples’ right to peacefully protest, so I just ask if they go out to wear a mask, and as much as possible stay six feet apart,” she says. As the county works toward phase three of reopening, Kaufman said it’s more important than ever for the public to practice social distancing. Kaufman said while the coronavirus is still present in Broome County, the Health Department is hopeful the protests won’t result in an outbreak. center_img “The positive is they were in an outdoor setting which is one of the hardest to actually transmit coronavirus and I did see a fair share of people wearing their mask,” she says. Kaufman said the incubation period for infection is 14 days, but typically they see cases within one week to ten days. She also reminded people to be cautious, as it could take a full 14 days to receive a positive test result. Yesterday, an estimated 1,000 people gathered in downtown Binghamton to protest. The Broome County Health Department says if a positive COVID-19 case is connected to the protests, the contact tracing team will be prepared. The Health Department has ramped up its contact tracing team over the last two months to 80 people. It will be utilized if a positive case is found, which could take up to two weeks. last_img read more