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Measuring the Crisis: Housing Data during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join the Urban Institute for a timely discussion about the existing and emerging datasets for assessing the pandemic’s impact on households and housing markets. Timely data from both government and private sources are helping policymakers, businesses, and nonprofits understand the pandemic’s effects on homeowners, renters, and landlords. These data provide information on mortgage payments, forbearance use, rental payments, foreclosure risk, credit availability for new homeowners, and households’ housing insecurity. They also contain demographic and geographic information that demonstrates how the pandemic’s impact varies by race, income, and place. Public discussion about these data, potential pitfalls, and interpretations are critical to providing clarity and ensuring these data are not misused or misinterpreted. Our two expert panels will explore the data and share insights into and examples of how these data are being used to track issues and trends emerging from this crisis and to shape effective policy responses. 


  • Meg Burns, Executive Vice President, Housing Policy Council
  • Jung Hyun Choi, Research Associate, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Amy Crews Cutts, President and Chief Economist, AC Cutts and Associates LLC
  • Dana Dillard, Executive Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, Mr. Cooper
  • Mike Fratantoni, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research and Industry Technology, Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Laurie Goodman, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Veronica E. Helms, Social Science Analyst, Office of Policy Development and Research, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Alanna McCargo, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Daniel Pang, Research Assistant, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Saty Patrabansh, Manager and Supervisory Economist of the National Mortgage Database, Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Ellie Pepper, Relationships and Innovations Director, National Housing Resource Center
  • Lisa Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Diane E. Thompson, Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center
  • Andy Walden, Director of Market Research, Black Knight 




Support for this event and the Mortgage Markets COVID-19 Collaborative is provided by Bank of America. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

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Date & Time Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Principal Research Associate
  • Institute Fellow
  • Research Analyst