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The portfolios and wealth of low-income homeowners and renters: findings from an evaluation of Self-Help Ventures Fund’s Community Advantage Program

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  • Michael A. Stegman
  • Allison Freeman
  • Jong-Gyu Paik
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    The distribution of wealth in the United States is more highly skewed than the distribution of income. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of homeowners and renters. Those who own their homes typically have about 20 to 40 times more net wealth than those who rent. ; Although home equity plays a role in this growing disparity, it does not fully explain why renters hold fewer assets than homeowners. Even excluding home equity, renters are more than twice as likely to be asset-poor as are homeowners. Renters also hold a smaller range of assets than owners, suggesting that homeownership "implies more than home equity, and is associated with the ownership of a wide range of financial assets".

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    Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in its series Community Development Investment Center Working Paper with number 2007-02.

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    Date of creation: 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfcw:2007-02

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    Keywords: Home ownership ; Rental housing ; Wealth;

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    1. Grinstein-Weiss, Michal & Williams Shanks, Trina R. & Manturuk, Kim R. & Key, Clinton C. & Paik, Jong-Gyu & Greeson, Johann K.P., 2010. "Homeownership and parenting practices: Evidence from the community advantage panel," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 774-782, May.

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