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UPCOMING EVENTS

Throughout the year, the Joint Center for Housing Studies reaches beyond the university to promote national discussion of important housing policy issues. In addition to on-campus seminars, lectures, and webcasts, we convene major conferences and symposia on topics of national importance in the housing field, bringing together housing practitioners, researchers, and policymakers from organizations and communities around the country.

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Upcoming Events

Aug
30
Local Events

Open House: Joint Center for Housing Studies

Date: Friday, August 30, 2019

Location: One Bow Street, 4th Floor

Come learn more about the Joint Center for Housing Studies, a collaborative unit of the Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School that carries out research, offers fellowships and grants, provides data, and hosts events on a variety of topics related to housing and community development....

Sep
13
Local Events

The State of the Nation's Housing, 2019

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019

Location: TBD

Although household growth is returning to a more normal pace, housing production has not, according to our latest State of the Nation’s Housing report. In this brown bag lunch, Daniel McCue, a senior research associate at the Center who oversaw the report’s production, will discuss the key findings, including how the shortfall in new housing is putting pressure on house prices and rents and eroding affordability for modest-income households in many markets....

Sep
27
Local Events
Webcasts

How Educational Choice Reshapes Residential Segregation's Causes and Consequences: Evidence from Los Angeles County

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Location: One Bow St, 4th Floor

Although choice-based school enrollment systems have substantially weakened the ties between local neighborhoods and local schools, most urban inequality research still assumes parents’ choices about where to live are closely linked to their assessments of nearby schools. In this presentation, Jared Schachner, a doctoral student in sociology and social policy who also is a Meyer Doctoral Fellow, revisits this assumption....

Oct
02
Local Events

Housing as History: Columbia Point and Commonwealth

Date: Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Location: Massachusetts Historical Society,1154 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215

In 1979, after touring public housing sites with deplorable conditions, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity ordered the Boston Housing Authority into receivership. Lewis H. (Harry) Spence was appointed as receiver. As Spence oversaw a massive redevelopment of the fourth largest housing authority in America, two very different housing models emerged: Columbia Point in Dorchester and Commonwealth in Brighton. ...

Oct
11
Local Events
Webcasts

Disposable Houses: An Ethnography of “Unreal Estate” in Detroit

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019

Location: One Bow St, 4th Floor

What is it like to own homes in a community of “unreal estate": a place where properties have lost almost all their value and homes often are worth less than a second-hand car? In this talk, Sharon Cornelissen, a Center postdoctoral fellow, will explore this question by discussing three years of ethnographic fieldwork she did in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood....

Oct
16
Local Events

Housing as History: Villa Victoria and the Fenway Community Development Corporation

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Location: Blackstone Community Center, 50 W Brookline St, Boston, MA 02118

In the 1960s and 1970s Boston struggled to stem urban flight and a landscape of deteriorating housing stock. Massive redevelopment projects, such as the razing of the West End, sent shockwaves through the city. By the mid-1960s, the South End found itself the focus of redevelopment plans. A group of mostly Puerto Rican residents began to meet and then incorporated as the Emergency Tenants’ Council, which became Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA)....

Oct
18
Local Events
Conferences
Webcasts

Aging in [a] Place Symposium: Planning, Design & Spatial Justice in Aging Societies

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design

The United States is an aging society where economic inequality is greater than in other aging societies. Age-associated disadvantages such as declining health overlap with social determinants of health that include structural inequalities experienced by some groups throughout life and into late life. As a result, there are vast differences in people’s experiences of later life....

Nov
13
Local Events

Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Location: Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Dr, Boston, MA 02120

By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for “development without displacement.”...

Nov
20
Local Events

Housing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Location: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215

As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to gentrification, shifting government policies and programs, and the challenges of climate change make the future of affordable housing in Boston precarious. ...