Previous Events


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.

Hack-A-House: A Housing Affordability Hackathon

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020
Hack-A-House is a 24-hour live, online, “hackathon”-style competition, hosted by Ivory Innovations, a center created to tackle the affordable housing crisis that the United States currently faces based at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Students will be given a prompt and will have 24 hours to complete and submit their project.

Public Housing, Public Aid, and Collective Reparations in Colombia

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020
In 2015, 300 families displaced by the decades-long internal armed conflict in Colombia had the opportunity to move into free housing in two new neighborhoods in Granada, a small city about 200 km south of Bogota that has become a refuge for people displaced by the armed conflict. In this presentation, Maria Atuesta, a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Meyer Fellow, will report on her research into these neighborhoods.