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.

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Hack-A-House 2023

Date: Friday, September 22, 2023 to
Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in a 24-hour live, online, hackathon-style competition to pitch a proposal to solve the housing crisis in the US. Four prizes will be awarded, totaling $12,000.
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Older Adults’ Pathways Into – and Out of – Housing Insecurity and Homelessness

Date: Friday, October 6, 2023
Adults 65 and older are the fastest-growing age group of people who experience homelessness, and those 50 and over who are experiencing homelessness often exhibit conditions associated with much older age such as memory loss, falls, and functional impairment. In this talk, Samara Scheckler, a research associate at the Center, will discuss new research on housing insecurity and homelessness for older adults in Boston.

Can Mortgage Forbearance Help Stabilize the Economy?

Date: Friday, October 20, 2023
The CARES Act allowed households with federally-backed mortgages to temporarily halt their payments for up to 18 months without fees or penalties. This presentation will assess whether these provisions helped stabilize and stimulate economic activity.
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The State of Housing Design 2023

Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
What is the state of housing design in the US? In particular, how are architects of new single- and multi-family housing responding to issues such as the warming climate, the affordability crisis, increasing regulations and construction costs, and the demand for new unit types that better reflect today's demographic realities? These questions will be the focus of a half-day event marking the release of The State of Housing Design 2023, a new book that examines themes in housing design, explored through over 100 recent buildings in the US.