From Better Housing for Native Americans to Improved Services for Residents of Affordable Housing: Insights from the 2021 Gramlich Fellows

Location: Virtual

Speaker(s): Mel Miller, Sharon Welch

Design approaches that better reflect the community desires as well as more effective ways to fund and provide high-quality services for residents will be the focus of presentations by two Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students who were the Center’s 2021 Gramlich Fellows in Community and Economic Development.

Sharon Welch, a master in architecture and a master in design studies candidate at GSD will discuss a forthcoming paper about the research she did on the role of design in affordable housing for Native communities in the Southwestern United States. Mel Miller, a master in urban planning candidate at the GSD, will discuss her forthcoming paper which examines how the managers and owners of nonprofit housing fund and deliver a variety of resident service programs.

The Gramlich Fellowship in Community and Economic Development, which is co-sponsored by the Center and NeighborWorks® America, gives Harvard graduate students the opportunity to identify, research, publish, and present promising approaches for addressing challenges related to affordable housing and community development. Fellows carry out this work independently but in close consultation with staff from both organizations. The application deadline for the 2021 Gramlich Fellowship is Monday, February 14, 2022.

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