Unfair housing policies have kept racial minorities, immigrants, and people in poverty from exercising a wide array of supposedly inalienable rights: everything from voting in elections, to educating their children, to securing small-business loans. I hope to help combat this with evidence-based research aimed at expanding access to quality, affordable housing.
Benny Docter is a research assistant in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. In both professional and academic contexts, Docter has built resident databases and used them to analyze long-term trends in tenancy. His research interests include affordable housing and neighborhood housing density. Before joining Urban, Docter worked in affordable housing development and community programing. He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, majoring in economics and social studies.