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.

All of our events this semester will be livestreamed.


Advancing Transit-Oriented Communities and Planning for Equity in Los Angeles

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Twice in the past decade, voters in Los Angeles County have approved ballot initiatives raising sales taxes to finance transport infrastructure investments throughout the region. In the face of uneven gains and displacement risks, ACT-LA, a broad-based coalition of transportation advocates, community and neighborhood groups, and organized labor, has led citywide and regional campaigns to ensure that the transit investments are coupled with affordable housing and inclusive workforce and economic development policies.

The $15,000 Questions: Who Do Downpayment Assistance Programs Help and How Should they Be Designed?

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
The Biden administration is proposing a $15,000 downpayment tax credit to help potential homebuyers who can afford monthly mortgage payments but do not have savings for a downpayment. In this seminar, researchers will discuss two Center-supported projects focused on who might be aided by downpayment assistance and the choices policymakers will need to make as they move forward with the plan.

How are Landlords Managing the COVID-19 Rental Crisis? Evidence from a Large Cross-Site Survey

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated preexisting housing challenges for many low- and moderate-income US renter households, leading to a crisis in which an estimated $25 to $34 billion in rental payments were outstanding as of late 2020. However, there is very little data on how landlords have responded to this financial strain.