Previous Events


Defining Suburbia: The Implications of Differing Approaches

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
It has become clear that places considered to be suburbs are, in fact, extraordinarily diverse, including many that have characteristics traditionally associated with “urban” areas. In response, many planners, policy makers, and scholars have been trying to develop new and more meaningful definitions of suburban (and urban) places.

Fellowships & Pizza

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
An information session (with pizza!) about summer funding opportunities for Harvard graduate students interested in housing and community development.

Building Better Cities

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
American real estate developer, urban planner, and author Jonathan Rose will discuss his work and vision for a greener more equitable future.

How Do Mortgage Refinances Affect Debt, Default, and Spending?

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
How might refinancing a mortgage affect homeowners' financial situations? In this talk, Joshua Abel will discuss research that, using data from the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) to identify the causal effect of refinancing a mortgage on borrower balance sheet outcomes, indicates that one average, refinancing into a lower-rate mortgage reduced borrowers' default rates on mortgage and non-mortgage debts by about 40 and 25 percent, respectively.

Diverted Homeowners and Rental Affordability Crisis

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
Although much has written about the housing-market collapse in 2006 and the subsequent rise in the number and share of cost-burdened renters, few studies have carefully examined the connections between these two significant changes. In this talk, Lee will present research, carried out with Dowell Myers and Gary Painter, which found that as of 2015, about 8.4 million would-be homeowners (the expected number given market and demographic characteristics in 2000) either became renters or have left the housing market. This shift, they estimate, triggered a host of changes in rental housing markets, notably greater demand for more expensive rental units and higher rental burdens.

Housing America's Older Adults 2018

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
More than half of US households are now headed by someone 50 or over, according to Housing America’s Older Adults 2018, a new JCHS report to be released Wednesday, November 14.