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Matthew Pruitt
Research Assistant
Housing Finance Policy Center

Matthew Pruitt is a research assistant in the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. He supports senior researchers on projects that highlight disparities in local housing markets, with an emphasis on low- and moderate-income households of color.

Before joining Urban, Pruitt provided research and technical assistance at Brookings Metro, the National Consumer Law Center, the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. At Brookings, he provided research assistance on a project comparing public safety trends in downtown districts and citywide, and his visualizations and analysis were featured in Vox and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His other research has focused on municipal finance, office-to-housing adaptive reuse, and racial inequalities in local governance.

Pruitt graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BA in political science and a minor in international relations.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Housing finance
Race and equity
Wealth and financial well-being
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Housing Finance at a Glance: A Monthly Chartbook
Housing affordability
Housing finance reform
Housing finance data and tools
Housing markets
Wealth inequality
Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development
LGBTQ+ people and housing and transportation equity