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Research Assistant
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Amanda Mireles is a Research Assistant in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Since arriving at the Urban Institute, Ms. Mireles has worked on a variety of policy topics including the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) final evaluation, DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative (DCPNI), and the new Housing Opportunities and Services Together (HOST) Demonstration.

Ms. Mireles graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Sociology from Princeton University. She received Certificates of Proficiency in African American Studies and Latino Studies and is the recipient of the 2011 Isidore Brown Thesis Award for her work exploring the effects of class-based approaches to childrearing on measures of achievement. While at Princeton, Ms. Mireles, a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF), also worked on research examining immigrant transnational organizations and poverty in the suburbs as a research assistant for the Department of Sociology.


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HOST Youth: The Challenges of Growing up in Low-Income Housing (Series/HOST)
Reed Jordan, Amanda Mireles, Susan J. Popkin

The Housing Opportunities and Services Together (HOST) Demonstration is testing the feasibility and effectiveness of two generation intensive service models in distressed public and mixed-income housing communities. This brief draws on findings from the 2012 survey of parents and youth living in the first two HOST sites - Chicago's Altgeld Gardens and Portland's New Columbia and Humboldt Gardens - to illustrate how HOST youth were faring at the start of the HOST intervention. Our survey results demonstrate HOST youth are at serious risk of experiencing school failure, they engage in risky sexual activity, and suffer from poor mental health.

Posted to Web: November 15, 2013Publication Date: November 06, 2013

Astoria Houses Neighborhood Survey for Zone 126 Promise Neighborhood, 2012 (Research Report)
Chris Narducci, Amanda Mireles, Jennifer Comey

Zone 126 is a nonprofit neighborhood organization in Queens, New York City that was awarded a Promise Neighborhood planning grant from the US Department of Education in 2011. The Urban Institute developed a neighborhood survey for residents of Astoria Houses, a public housing development in the Zone 126 neighborhood, to support Zone 126's needs assessment and planning process. Zone 126 used results from the survey to inform the initiative’s family and child-centered programming. This report summarizes the methodology and findings of the survey and provides the survey instrument and sources of survey questions.

Posted to Web: December 10, 2012Publication Date: November 30, 2012

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative: Needs Assessment and Segmentation Analysis (Research Report)
Susan J. Popkin, Jennifer Comey, Molly M. Scott, Elsa Falkenburger, Chantal Hailey , Amanda Mireles

In October 2010, the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) became one of 21 recipients of a US Department of Education Promise Neighborhood planning grant. The Urban Institute partnered with DCPNI to act as the data analyst and local evaluator of this ambitious initiative. The Needs Assessment and Segmentation Analysis are intended to provide a timely understanding of the needs of the community and to inform the continuum of strategies developed by DCPNI and their workgroups.

Posted to Web: January 20, 2012Publication Date: January 20, 2012


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