Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Understanding how housing and place shape people's lives.

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    Dramatic price surges have increased the costs of daily life at a quicker rate than wages, and households with low incomes—who are disproportionately people of color—will likely be particularly affected.


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    We have pioneered innovative research methods to produce more reliable, nuanced investigations of vulnerable populations. Paired testing—using applicants who are nearly identical in every way except race—is one of the most effective ways to uncover housing discrimination. And our National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership is teaching the community development field to look more closely at cities—into blocks, census tracts, and neighborhoods—to focus scarce resources and measure impact. Our rigorous methods give policy researchers more effective tools and policymakers more confidence to act.
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    Our Issues

    Housing and place matter. Quality, affordable housing anchors families. And the communities where people live can influence nearly everything in their lives: where they work and how they get there, the quality of schools that their children attend, their health and safety, even their longevity. With an emphasis on place—from cities and suburbs to tribal lands—we investigate the factors that shape the quality of life in American communities.

    Our Approach

    • We evaluate the effectiveness of federal, state, and local policies that govern urban housing and the programs—such as HOPE VI and Promise Neighborhoods—that use housing as a platform for change.
    • We work on the ground in cities and neighborhoods: documenting families’ experiences in public housing, testing programs to combat homelessness, and evaluating community-wide strategies for improving children’s lives.
    • We provide residents with neighborhood indicators that allow them to tackle problems in their own communities.
    • We think about what the next generation of housing programs should look like.
    • We test programs designed to help households and distressed neighborhoods build wealth.
    • We build models, like our population projection tool, that help neighborhoods, metropolitan areas, and rural communities imagine and prepare for change.

    Our Impact

    We have pioneered innovative research methods to produce more reliable, nuanced investigations of vulnerable populations. Paired testing—using applicants who are nearly identical in every way except race—is one of the most effective ways to uncover housing discrimination. And our National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership is teaching the community development field to look more closely at cities—into blocks, census tracts, and neighborhoods—to focus scarce resources and measure impact. Our rigorous methods give policy researchers more effective tools and policymakers more confidence to act.

    Staff

    • Principal Research Associate
    • Principal Research Associate
    • Research Associate
    • Policy Coordinator
    • Research Associate
    • Research Assistant
    • Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy
    • Data Scientist
    • Research Associate
    • Research Analyst
    • Principal Research Associate
    • Research Analyst
    • Director, Media Relations
    • Senior Research Associate
      Lead, Fair Housing, Land Use, and Transportation Practice Area
    • Project Administrator
    • Community Research Assistant
    • Principal Research Associate
    • Research Associate
    • Associate Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy
    • Research Assistant
    • Research Associate
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Fellow
    • Director of Center Operations
    • Research Analyst
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Research Analyst
    • Distinguished Fellow
      Director of the Public Management Program
    • Principal Research Associate
      Codirector, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Associate Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy
    • Project Administrator
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Principal Research Associate
    • Research Associate
    • Nonresident Fellow
    • Research Analyst
    • Research Analyst
    • Senior Research Associate
      Lead, Climate and Communities Practice Area
    • Research Analyst
    • Research Analyst
    • Research Analyst
    • Research Associate
    • Research Assistant
    • Research Analyst
    • Nonresident Fellow
    • Nonresident Fellow
    • Research Analyst
    • Research Assistant
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Fellow, Research
      Practice Area Lead: Housing as a Platform
    • Project Administrator
    • Nonresident Fellow
    • Interim Vice President
      Principal Research Associate
      and Director, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Urban Institute Associate
    • Senior Programmer, Research
    • Senior Policy Fellow
    • Principal Research Associate
    • Institute Fellow
      Director, HOST Initiative
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Research Analyst
    • Research Assistant
    • Fellow
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Fellow
      Research Director, Urban–Greater DC
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Senior Fellow
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Nonresident fellow
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Project Manager
    • Research Associate
    • Research Assistant
    • Nonresident Fellow