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.


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.