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Opportunities and Challenges for Housing Decommodification

A housing system that leaves millions of families homeless or housing insecure is an inevitable consequence of treating housing as a commodity. Advocates are increasingly calling for decommodifying housing, such as by investing in public and social housing and supporting community- and tenant-owned models, to ensure that safe, affordable housing is available to all who need it. But decommodified housing composes less than 1 percent of the US housing stock, and many questions remain about how we can substantively increase the stock of decommodified housing.  

Join the Urban Institute for a discussion about the links between decommodification and housing justice, and hear from practitioners and advocates on opportunities to accelerate the decommodification of housing in the US.  



  • Danielle DeRuiter-Williams, Associate Director of Racial Equity, Research to Action Lab, Urban Institute 
  • Samantha Fu, Policy Associate, Research to Action Lab, Urban Institute 
  • Damien Goodmon, Founder and Board Secretary-Treasurer, Liberty Community Land Trust 
  • Margaret Moran, Director of Planning and Development, Cambridge Housing Authority 
  • Bill Pitkin, Senior Policy Fellow, Research to Action Lab, Urban Institute 
  • Emily Thaden, Vice President of National Strategy, Grounded Solutions Network 
  • Gabi Velasco, Policy Analyst, Research to Action Lab, Urban Institute


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Thursday, March 23, 2023

Urban Institute Speakers
  • Associate Director, Racial Equity
  • Senior Policy Associate
  • Senior Policy Fellow
  • Policy Associate