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This page is dedicated to sharing information about the issues that Lao Family confronts on a daily basis.  The reports on this page provide a picture of the larger context of our work on a city, county, state, national, and global scale.  We will continue to add resources as we find them.  We hope you find these resources helpful.

The Foreclosure Crisis and its effects on communities

Foreclosure Resource List

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has put together an amazing list of resources about foreclosure policies, practices and prevention, Buyer education, etc

The Wall Street Wrecking Ball,What Foreclosures are costing Oakand September 2011

The Wall Street Wrecking Ball,What Foreclosures are costing Sacramento September 2011

These reports show the full impact of the foreclosure crisis at the neighborhood level in Oakland and Sacramento. The reports show that the foreclosure crisis is costing almost Oakland homeowners $12.3
billion in lost home values and Sacramento homeowners another $17.7 billion.

Race to the Bottom: An Analysis of HAMP Loan Modification Outcomes by Race and Ethnicity for California, July, 2011

This California Reinvestment Coalition report analyzes bank loan modification performance in California, and in four metropolitan statistical areas-- Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fresno, and San Francisco/Oakland. The report uses recently released data from the Treasury Department on loan modification applications submitted as a part of the HAMP program, as well as the results of CRC's April/May 2011 survey of nonprofit housing counselors. The report reveals the shortfalls of the HAMP program, the continuing problems with servicers, and points out worrisome disparities in outcomes for borrowers of color. The report concludes with specific policy recommendations.

Home Wreckers: How Wall Street Foreclosures Are Devastating Communities, March 2011

A publication of the RE-Fund California Campaign, a collaborative partnership between the Home Defenders League (a project of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment), PICO CA (People Improving Communities Through Organizing), CRC, and SEIU Locals 100, 521, 721, and 1021. The report reveals the hidden costs of foreclosures to homeowners, neighborhoods, local governments, and the state.

From Foreclosure to Re-Redlining: How America's Largest Financial Institutions Devastated California Communities, 2010

CRC's original research, using lending and loan modification data, to see how banks acted in five California communities from 2007-2010.

Foreclosed: The Burden of Homeownership Loss on City of Oakland and Alameda County Residents, December, 2007

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, California Reinvestment Coalition

Rebuilding Neighborhoods, Restoring health: A report on the impact of foreclosures on pubic health, April 2009

A preliminary report released by the Public Health Department and the group Just Cause Oakland, examining the health impacts of foreclosures on families and communities.

Health Disparties

Healthy Food For All! Building Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems in Detroit and Oakland, 2009

This report, shows that although our food system is unhealthy and unsustainable, successes driven by residents and advocates are cropping up  -- proving that the movement for equitable access to healthy food is gaining strength every day. 

Trends in Child Health 1997-2006: Assessing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Activity Limitation, July 2009

To provide fuller detail on disparities in child health, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies analyzed selected child health indicators [low birthweight, health status (excellent, very good, good, fair, poor or unknown), unmet dental care needs, ADHD/ADD diagnosis, asthma diagnosis, learning disability diagnosis, and activity limitation] by sociodemographic characteristics of the families in which children reside. This brief examines disparities in the prevalence of an activity limitation of any type among children under the age of 18 who are African American, Hispanic or white. Comparisons of the prevalence of any activity limitation are made between the racial/ethnic groups of children overall and between children of various racial/ethnic groups in families with comparable sociodemographic characteristics (such as family type, educational attainment of householder, employment status of household, poverty status, and health insurance coverage). Activity limitations are reported less frequently for Hispanic children as a group than for either white children or black children, although it is unclear whether this pattern reflects a difference in the frequency of occurrence, or a difference in frequency of diagnosis.

A Time of Opportunity: Local Solutions to Reduce Inequities in Health and Safety,  May 2009

A paper presented to Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Disparities by authors from the Prevention Institute and Alameda County Public Health Department

Health Disparities in America: status report by the University of Pittsburg Institute of Politics, December 2008


Key Facts: Race, Ethnicity and Medical Care, 2007

This report includes data on the uninsured and access to care by race/ethnicity as well as information about the disproportionate effect that specific conditions such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and asthma have on racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S. New in the 2007 Key Facts are demographic data on the racial/ethnic minority population in each state and the U.S. territories. This edition of Key Facts also includes data from the National Healthcare Disparities Report, examining changes in health care disparities over time.

Alameda County Health Status Report,  2006

Alameda County Public Health Department

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States,  August 2006

This report presents data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2007 and earlier Annual Social and Economic Supplements (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Reducing Health Disparities Through a Focus on Communities, November 2002

A PolicyLink Report that draws on recently published research and insights from community-based practitioners across the country. The report is intended to frame the issue of health disparities and communities in a comprehensive, integrated manner and to suggest what new strategies, approaches, and policies may be needed. Conclusions are drawn from extensive review of the literature, as well as from interviews with researchers and practitioners working on reducing health disparities in communities across the country.

Eliminating Health Disparities: The Role of Primary Prevention, February 4, 2002

The Imperative of Reducing Health Disparities through Prevention: Challenges, Implications, and Opportunities, October 2006

By Prevention Institute

Health Disparities: Health Risks and Disparities Experienced by Black Youth

A list of factors that contribute to health disparities provided by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Education and Education Disparities

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, 2007

Examines the educational progress and challenges that racial and ethnic minorities face in the United States. This report shows that over time larger numbers of minorities have completed high school and continued their education in college. Despite these gains, progress has varied, and differences persist among Hispanic, Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White students on key indicators of educational performance.

Topics include: Demographics, Preprimary, elementary, and secondary education, Achievement, Persistence, Student behaviors, Postsecondary participation, Outcomes of education

The Economy & Employment

California Labor Market and Economic Analysis, May 2009


The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict: The Poor, the Professionals, and the Missing Middle, January 2010

WorkLife Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law Center & the Center for American Progress

Putting the East Bay to Work: Sustainable Jobs for the Underemployed, Sept 2009

a publication from the East Bay Community Foundation


In the Midst of the Great Recession: The State of Working California 2009, September 2009

A Publication of the California Budget Project

The Effects of the Economic Recession on Communities of Color, July 2009

Issues Brief prepared by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Struggling to Make Ends Meet in the Bay Area, 2009

Report by the United Way of the Bay Area.  Hard times preceded the recession for almost a quarter of Bay Area households. Even before the global economic crisis, having a job was not a guarantee of adequate income as 86% of Bay Area households with incomes below the Self-Sufficiency Standard had at least one worker.


Community Development

Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 1, March 2009 

This report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies presents findings from the first year of an initiative to assess what works to enable low-income communities of color build assets. The executive summary highlights predisposing factors and promising practices in ten states, highly rated in the 2007-2008 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard for asset building among low-income people.

Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 2, July 2009

This report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies presents findings from the second year of an initiative to assess what works to enable low-income communities of color to build assets. It highlights predisposing factors and promising practices in 10 states that received low rankings on asset building for low-income people in the 2007-2008 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard.

Please note that Lao Family is not affiliated with the authors of the reports and articles presented here and the views presented do not neccessarily reflect those of Lao Family, its staff, board or clients.  We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented.