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Maureen Sarver
Senior Research Associate
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Maureen Sarver is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center at Urban Institute, where her research focuses on the strategic alignment of the homelessness response and workforce development systems. As a qualitative researcher and technical assistance provider, Sarver has expertise engaging community members, practitioners, and policymakers in identifying and addressing systemic gaps and barriers related to housing and employment. Before joining Urban, Sarver evaluated programs such as the US Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Project and the San Francisco Foundation’s Keep Oakland Housed as a senior research associate at SPR. As a technical assistance provider for both SPR and Homebase, Sarver supported continuums of care for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Program, the US Department of Labor’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative, and HOPE SF, a racial equity housing initiative of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office in collaboration with the San Francisco Foundation.

Sarver holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Baldwin Wallace University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Agdz, Morocco, and as a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow in Baltimore.

Research Areas
Social safety net
Federal housing programs and policies
Place-based initiatives
Subsidized employment
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Transition-age youth
Trauma-informed approaches
Workforce development