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Opportunity in the Crisis: Findings from a Year of Research on Renters in the Pandemic and the Programs Needed to Stabilize Them

The pandemic-exacerbated housing crisis demands an all-hands-on-deck approach. Residents, practitioners, policymakers, funders, and researchers must come together to learn and act in real time to keep renters stably housed. The Housing Crisis Research Collaborative was launched in April 2020 to solicit and respond to the most pressing questions policymakers and practitioners have faced throughout the pandemic. Comprising four research institutions, seven practitioner networks, and various partner researchers, the collaborative works in real time to address questions around what forms of rental assistance and eviction prevention show the most promise, how renters are responding to financial stress, how landlords are responding to arrears, and which regulatory and legislative fixes have been most effective.

Join the Housing Crisis Research Collaborative and the Urban Institute for insights from published and upcoming research on how policymakers, researchers, community members, and funders can work together to support the stabilization of renters in the US during and beyond the pandemic.



Opening Remarks

  • Mary K. Cunningham, Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute @marykcunningham
  • Erika Poethig, Special Assistant to the President, Housing and Urban Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council @Erika_Poethig

Panel: Where do we stand in the eviction crisis and what has worked to keep renters stably housed?

  • Lisa Bates, Associate Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University @Portland_State
  • Mark Treskon, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute @MarkTreskon
  • Emma Foley, Research Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition @EmmaCFoley
  • Reed Jordan, Housing Affordability Grant Program Manager, Wells Fargo (moderator) @WellsFargo

Panel: How have landlords responded to the pandemic and what are the implications of their behaviors?

  • Elijah de la Campa, Senior Research Associate in Economics and Urban Analytics, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative @elijahdelacampa
  • Nathaniel Decker, Postdoctoral Scholar, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, University of California, Berkeley @TernerHousing
  • Lauren Lowery, Program Director, Housing and Community Development, National League of Cities @lowery_la
  • Mercedeh Mortazavi, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (moderator) @jpmorgan

Concluding Remarks

  • Ingrid Gould Ellen, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, New York University; Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy @NYUWagner
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The Housing Crisis Research Collaborative is supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Wells Fargo Foundation and managed by the Urban Institute. We are grateful to them for allowing the collaborative to advance its goals.

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Date & Time Thursday, September 30, 2021