Symposia & Other Projects


Bringing Digitalization Home: How Can Technology Address Housing Challenges?

At this three-day symposium, leading scholars and experts discussed the nature and extent of technologically-driven changes in housing and whether these changes are likely to further (or hamper) efforts to address economic, social, and environmental challenges, such as housing affordability, discrimination, and climate change.

Covid-19 RECAPP

The Joint Center for Housing Studies and The Hastings Center are partnering to explore lessons learned during the pandemic about supporting older adults dwelling in the community.


PRO Neighborhoods

Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) is a program of JPMorgan Chase & Co. to provide funds to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) that collaborate to help revitalize low- and moderate-income communities and aid their residents and small-business owners.


In March 2019, Fannie Mae and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies hosted symposium that examined the evolving relationship between housing tenure choice, financial security, and residential stability.


Slums: New Visions for an Enduring Global Phenomenon

A three-day symposium held at Harvard University from September 20-22, 2018 that challenged participants to discuss the range of perceptions and systemic changes needed to re-imagine integrative urban and social landscapes, as well as the labor and land markets that most often underpin the formation of slums. Over three days, the symposium sought to advance new policy, financial, design, and educational tools that could both improve existing slums and generate alternatives to future ones.


A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality

A national symposium that examined how patterns of residential segregation by income and race in the United States are changing and the consequences of residential segregation for individuals and society, and sought to identify the most promising strategies for fostering more inclusive communities in the years to come. 


Homeownership Built to Last: A National Symposium

A two-day symposium held at Harvard Business School, supported by the Ford Foundation, Bank of America, and NeighborWorks America, which examined lessons learned from the housing crisis on sustaining homeownership for low-income and minority families.

What Works in Community Investing: A Community Development Summit

A half-day community investing summit which looked at the innovative ideas that can bring new opportunities to America’s struggling communities, and called on leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to recognize that they can work smarter and achieve more by working together.





Revisiting Rental Housing: A National Policy Summit

A two-day rental housing policy summit designed to reexamine rental housing policy, programs, and priorities. The symposium featured scholarly research on the nature of the nation’s rental housing problems, the government’s response to these problems, and alternative ways of engineering rental programs and policies suggested by past practice, evaluation research, and insights into the operation of housing markets.


More Than Shelter: Bellagio Housing Conference

A four-day gathering of top policy makers from four countries with similar housing challenges (Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, and Kenya) together with global experts and business leaders in housing and housing finance.