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Leah Hendey

Leah Hendey

Senior Research Associate


Leah Hendey is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her research is focused on housing policy, including the foreclosure crisis, and on policy to improve neighborhoods. She is experienced in working with national and local administrative datasets to create neighborhood indicators and study neighborhood conditions.

Hendey has been involved in Urban’s work with the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) since 2007. She is a member of its executive committee and was appointed its deputy director in 2013; she is leading a project with six NNIP partners that uses integrated data systems to address neighborhood policy problems. Hendey also serves as deputy director for Urban’s evaluation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods initiative and recently helped lead the econometric analysis for a study on public housing transformation and crime in Chicago. In addition to research on neighborhoods across the country, Hendey is directing a project that studies the supply and demand for affordable housing and documents local housing policies in the District of Columbia and the Washington, DC, region.

Hendey holds an MPP from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.