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$25M initiative studying ‘How Housing Matters’

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The nonprofit behind the "genius grant" awards -- the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation -- is seeking to fund research that shows how housing impacts the economy, as well as individual, community and regional economic success.The MacArthur Foundation is accepting research abstracts until Jan. 11 for the final year of a five-year, $25 million research initiative, "How Housing Matters to Families and Communities." Individuals, nonprofits, academic institutions, and units of government are eligible to apply.This year's competition seeks to shed light on the difference that living in decent, stable and affordable housing makes in the lives of children, families and communities. Proposals on all topics are welcomed. Examples of topics that the MacArthur Foundation would consider acceptable include:The role of housing in promoting economic mobility.The neighborhood-level economic effects of programs enacted to address the foreclosure crisis (such as REO-to-ren...