Previous Events


This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
In her New York Times Notable Book, author Lauren Sandler followed Camila, a young, homeless single mother for a year as she tried to find stability and shelter in New York City. In our event, she will discuss meeting Camila, writing the book, and how the pandemic has made a challenging problem even worse.

The Geography of Gentrification and Residential Mobility

Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
For several decades, scholars have examined and debated the causes, extent, and consequences of gentrification. One of the key issues discussed is the association between gentrification and residential mobility.

Fellowships Virtual Open House

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Application deadlines are fast approaching for our summer fellowships and research grants. We invite Harvard graduate students to join us for a virtual open house to learn more about funding opportunities the Center offers.

Community Groups, COVID, and Diversity: Insights from the 2020 Gramlich Fellows

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
How did community groups respond last summer as it became clear that the COVID pandemic was having significant impacts on communities of color? And how are those groups trying to make their boards more diverse and inclusive in light of the pandemic and growing awareness of continued inequality in key institutions?

The State of the Nation's Housing 2020

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
This year, the pandemic, the movement for racial justice, and the devastating impacts of climate change have combined to bring the nation’s longstanding housing challenges to the fore.

Do Older Adults Have Equitable Access to Livable Communities?

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Do older adults in the US have equal access to highly livable neighborhoods? What makes a neighborhood livable, and to what extent does access vary by income, race, or ethnicity? In a special session of our Housing Research Seminar, we will release a new report from the Center and AARP which examines the AARP Livability Index.

The Rent Eats First: Using Residual Income to Measure Rental Affordability

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Most renters spend more on housing than any other basic necessity and almost half of all renters are cost burdened, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. While cost-burdened renters almost certainly reduce spending on other necessities such as food, healthcare, and transportation, the 30 percent figure does not fully account for expenses that vary with a household’s individual circumstances.