My goal is to understand and influence housing and community development policy processes and implementation—across all levels of government and involving all stakeholder partners—to improve outcomes for vulnerable renter households and the communities where they live.
Corianne Payton Scally is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she explores the complexities of interagency and cross-sector state and local implementation of affordable rental housing policy, finance, and development. Her areas of expertise include federal, state, and local affordable housing programs and partners, covering topics from policy development and advocacy to program funding and implementation to on-the-ground development and operations. Through extensive case study research, interviews, and surveys, Scally evaluates how well the affordable rental housing system works to serve vulnerable populations, including low-income households, people with disabilities, and the elderly
Scally has both breadth and depth of experience in affordable housing research and practice. She is a former associate professor in urban planning at the State University of New York at Albany, as well as a former affordable housing developer. From 2015 to 2016, she led data and research initiatives at US Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Services. Recent research includes providing housing and services for people with disabilities and grandparents raising grandchildren, how housing instability affects the outcomes of housing mobility programs, and addressing community opposition to affordable rental housing development. Scally has also written on rural housing programs and comparative international housing policy.
Scally received her BA in international affairs and MS in urban planning from Florida State University, and her PhD in urban planning and policy development from Rutgers University.