On campus and across the country, we host dozens of events each year to examine important housing policy issues. In addition to seminars, lectures, and panel discussions here at Harvard, we convene conferences and symposia around the country, bringing together housing practitioners, researchers, and policymakers.


Is Rent Control a Good Way to Protect and Stabilize Renters?

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
With evictions looming in a post-COVID world, can rent control stabilize affordable housing and protect renters? Are there other rent regulations that can bring equity to our neighborhoods while still allowing landlords to keep current tenants in their housing stock?

Hack-A-House 2021

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Hack-A-House is a 24-hour live, online, “hackathon”-style competition, hosted by Ivory Innovations. Students will be given a prompt on September 24th and will have 24 hours to complete and submit their project. The contestants must provide the judges with an innovative solution to a problem that directly affects housing affordability.

Building Equity into Federal Investments for Housing Resilience

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
Growing federal efforts to make housing and communities more resilient to disasters, especially climate-related hazards, often devalue people and undervalue and/or overlook the possessions of people of low wealth and communities of color. In this talk, Carlos Martín, the new director of the Center’s Remodeling Futures Program, will examine this issue and how it might be addressed.

Do Older Homeowners with Mortgages Spend Less on Pharmaceuticals?

Date: Friday, October 15, 2021
A growing number of older homeowners are still paying off mortgages, leading to concerns that these obligations are constraining their spending on healthcare. In this presentation, Samara Scheckler, a Center postdoctoral fellow, will discuss a forthcoming paper assessing the size and extent of these tradeoffs.

How Have Renters Responded to Financial Stress in the Pandemic?

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
Renters have been hit particularly hard by the economic impact of COVID. In this presentation, Sophia Wedeen, a Center Research Assistant, will discuss a forthcoming paper that uses data from the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey to see how these impacts and responses vary by race, ethnicity, income, and household composition.

COVID, Race, and Housing Insecurity

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
The economic impacts of the pandemic have been most acutely felt by Black, Hispanic, and Asian households in the United States. In this talk, Sharon Cornelissen, a Center Postdoctoral Fellow and Alexander Hermann, a Senior Research Analyst at the Center, will report on new research that uses data to measure and better understand racial and ethnic differences in the economic impacts of COVID.

Assessing the Landscape of Corporate Ownership for Small Rental Properties

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
The share of small (one-to-four unit) rental properties owned by corporate entities has grown steadily over the past several decades, rising from around 3 percent in 1990 to approximately 18 percent in 2018. In this presentation, Adam Travis, a PhD candidate in Sociology & Social Policy and Meyer Doctoral Fellow will present research that draws on data from the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas to examine the current landscape of corporate housing ownership.