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Housing America's Older Adults 2023

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
Over the next ten years, the US population over the age of 75 will increase by 45 percent, from 17 million to nearly 25 million. Join us for release of our new Housing America's Older Adults report.

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.

Homelessness Is a Housing Problem

Date: Friday, November 3, 2023
In this talk, Gregg Colburn, an Associate Professor of Real Estate in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments, will discuss findings from Homelessness Is a Housing Problem, a book he co-authored that tests a range of conventional beliefs about what drives the prevalence of homelessness in a city, and what types of policies could address the problem

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.

Accessory Dwelling Units: Lessons from Around the Country

Date: Friday, October 13, 2023
Although accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can address a host of housing challenges, zoning and land-use regulations often stymie homeowners who want to build them. In this talk, Ellie Sheild, a student research assistant at the Center, will discuss her research on how these efforts might inform policymaking about ADUs in Massachusetts, where, in the absence of state guidelines, most cities and towns still restrict their construction

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.

Hack-A-House 2023

Date: Friday, September 22, 2023 to Saturday, September 23, 2023
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.