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  • The Housing Crisis Research Collaborative aims to address the long-standing inequities in access to safe, stable, and affordable rental housing that have been laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide policymakers at all levels of government with the data and analysis they need to design, implement, and evaluate more equitable and effective rental housing and community development responses to the pandemic and the ongoing rental housing affordability crisis.


    The Collaborative is led by the following research institutions:

    Urban Institute (managing partner)

    The Urban Institute produces timely data and analysis that help advance opportunity, dismantle structural racism, and achieve economic mobility for everyone. From C-suite executives to community activists, we are a trusted source for facts and evidence that have the power to improve the well-being of people and places and move our society toward greater equity.

    NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

    The NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy. Established in 1995, it is a joint center of the New York University School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Its mission is to conduct objective academic and empirical research, promote frank and productive discussions, present essential data and analysis, and train the next generation of urban policy leaders.

    Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

    The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies advances understanding of housing issues and informs policy. Through its research, education, and public outreach programs, the center helps leaders in government, business, and the civic sectors make decisions that effectively address the needs of cities and communities. Through graduate and executive courses, as well as fellowships and internship opportunities, the center also trains and inspires the next generation of housing leaders.

    Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley

    The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley formulates bold strategies to house families from all walks of life in vibrant, sustainable, and affordable homes and communities. Our work provides timely analysis and data-driven research to support policy and innovation for policymakers, practitioners, and advocates in addressing with urgency the multiple, layered crises of housing affordability, entrenched inequities, and climate change.



    The collaborative works with the following networks of state and local policymakers to identify needs and inform an actionable research agenda:

    The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLHPA) works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis, and public education.

    National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national network of counties in the US, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.

    The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) is a membership organization of 20,000 housing and community development providers and professionals throughout the US.

    The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created to advance, through advocacy and education, the efforts of the nation’s state housing finance agencies and their partners to provide affordable housing to those who need it.

    The National League of Cities (NLC) is the oldest and largest organization serving as the voice of America’s cities, towns, and villages. NLC represents more than 200 million people and works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy, and drive innovative solutions.

    The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is a national advocacy, policy, and research organization whose mission is to achieve socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

    Housing Partnership Network (HPN) is a national network of 100 top-performing, nonprofit housing developers, owners, and financial institutions. Through practitioner-driven peer exchange, public policy, and business innovation, we leverage the individual strengths and mobilize the collective power of our member organizations to ensure that all people live in affordable homes and vibrant and inclusive communities.

    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.