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Josh Leopold
Senior Research Associate
Former employee
Working at Urban allows me to do research that informs policy on how to best address the affordable housing crisis in America.

Josh Leopold is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where his work focuses on homelessness and affordable housing policy.

Before joining Urban, Leopold was a management and program analyst at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). At USICH, he helped implement the Obama administration’s plan for ending chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans by 2015; he also helped develop a national research agenda related to homelessness. From 2006 to 2011, he worked as an analyst for Abt Associates, where he was involved in numerous studies, including the Annual Homeless Assessment Report; the Costs of Homelessness study; the Study of Rents and Rent Flexibility in Subsidized Housing; and an evaluation of the AmeriCorps program.

Leopold has a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, Iowa, and a master’s degree in information science from the University of Michigan.

Research Areas
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Social safety net
Race and equity
Children and youth
Neighborhoods and youth development
Kids in context
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development