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Samantha Batko

Samantha Batko

Senior Research Associate

Quality research provides us with the best guidance for developing and implementing effective public policy and programming that improve people’s lives, housing, and communities.


Samantha Batko is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her areas of expertise are homelessness, housing instability, housing assistance, and supportive services. Her current projects include evaluations of supportive housing and rapid re-housing, analyses of proposed changes to the housing safety net, and research and technical assistance on delivering services to households in public housing. Before joining Urban, Batko spent 12 years at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, where she developed expertise in homelessness and housing policy, research, and technical assistance.