Pear Moraras
Research Associate
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
I am passionate about leveraging data to support and identify the needs of vulnerable populations, including low-income, immigrant, homeless, and other underserved persons. My interests lay in using data to effect policy change and eliminating inequities.

Pear Moraras is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She has over 10 years of experience in data analytics, research, and evaluation in the non-profit and public sectors, specifically in community health and human services. Before joining Urban, she was the housing and homelessness evaluation lead at the King County Department of Community and Human Services in Seattle, Washington for four years. In this role she led a team of evaluators providing performance measurement and operational support to the King County Homeless Response System as well as research evaluation support to study its efforts. Her current research focuses on the intersection of health and housing. Moraras holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and an MPH from the University of Washington.

Research Areas
Health and health care
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Social safety net
Race and equity
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial inequities in health
Community data use