Home Ownership and Poor Neighborhoods:

Report by Charles Bruner, Dana Cheek, Syed Noor Tirmizi
March 25, 2004

(Inactive) Child and Family Policy Center   (Des Moines)

This Neighborhood Learning Partnership report provides information on home ownership in Polk County, with a particular emphasis upon home ownership within Polk County’s poorest neighborhoods, the Making Connections neighborhoods and surrounding high poverty census tracts. It provides information from several sources: the United States Census, the Polk County Assessor’s Office, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data base. While it cannot provide estimates of the amount of predatory lending that exists, the data provides clear evidence of housing and home ownership issues that deserve greater attention within Polk County.