Housing Policy Research

Compelling findings from a range of fields are revealing critical links between housing and other national policy issues.

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Competitive Grants Competition Awards $6 Million to 13 Housing Research Projects

The projects will produce a base of empirical evidence to show how housing affects children’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development and how housing choices shape the economic, physical, and emotional well-being of adults. Read More

How Housing Matters to Families & Communities 2008 Grant Recipients

Boston Medical Center/Children's HealthWatch (2008) Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (2008) Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City/Department of Housing Preservation and Development (2008) Northwestern University (2008) University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008 ... Read More

How Housing Matters to Families & Communities Initiative

How Housing Matters is an ongoing, five-year, $25 million research initiatives to deepen the literature on the effect that investments in affordable housing have on social and economic outcomes. Read More

Mortgage Turmoil Contributes to Rental Affordability Woes, According to Harvard Report

The current mortgage turmoil reaches deep into rental markets, according to new research on rental housing market dynamics released today by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Read More

"Home is Where We Start: Why We Need to Know More about Housing and How it Matters for Children, Families, and Communities," Remarks by Jonathan Fanton

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces the Foundation's $25 million commitment to support research on how housing matters to the education, health, and well-being of residents. Read More