Corianne Payton Scally is a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she explores the complexities of cross-sector implementation of affordable housing and community development policy and practice. Her work evaluates how well these systems work to serve vulnerable populations, including low-income families, people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals suffering from poor health and trauma. Scally’s affordable housing research explores demand and supply-side constraints and solutions, including material hardship and self-sufficiency; finance, construction, and preservation; and community capacity and opposition. At the intersections of housing, health, and communities, she studies health-focused housing interventions and partnerships and emerging place-based strategies for improving community health.
Scally leads large, mixed-method research projects, directing extensive primary data collection via site visits, interviews, focus groups, and surveys, and analysis of administrative data. Current and recent research focuses on service coordination for public housing residents, technical assistance for housing providers, foreclosure counseling, community development and health, and rural issues.
She is a former associate professor in urban planning, as well as a former affordable housing developer. From 2015 to 2016, she led data and research initiatives at the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service on behalf of the Urban Institute. Scally received her PhD in urban planning and policy development from Rutgers University.