Toward an Inclusive Recovery

Increasing the Housing Security of Vulnerable Renters Through Rental Assistance

A Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar
presented by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia

Register to attend live on November 17, 2021 @2 pm ET

The United States has always had vulnerabilities in the rental housing market that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated and revealed. Join us on November 17, 2021, for a research seminar that will examine what we’ve learned from the administration of emergency rental relief and evaluate universal vouchers as a long-term solution for increasing housing security among renters.

Millions of renters accrued billions of dollars in rental debt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To respond to this growing crisis, the federal government provided substantial funding for rental assistance, which states and localities administered. As we recover from the pandemic, it is essential to evaluate the effectiveness of these emergency relief programs and understand the impact they had on keeping renters housed. The lessons learned from the design and implementation of these policies and programs will be crucial for helping renters navigate future economic shocks. However, to support an inclusive and equitable recovery, it is important to consider how universal rental assistance could address the rental affordability crisis that has existed long before the pandemic.

This seminar, presented by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia, is part of a Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series focused on supporting an inclusive recovery.

Featured speakers


Raphael Bostic

Raphael Bostic

President & CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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Peggy Bailey

Peggy Bailey

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Matuschka Lindo Briggs

Matuschka Lindo Briggs

Moderator Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Panel speakers


Elora Raymond

Elora Raymond

Georgia Institute of Technology  University

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Elizabeth Strom

Elizabeth Strom

University of South Florida

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Rebecca Yae

Rebecca Yae

National Low Income Housing Coalition

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Giselle Routhier

Giselle Routhier

NYU Langone Health

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Prentiss Dantzler

Prentiss Dantzler

University of Toronto

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Vincent Reina

Vincent Reina

University of Pennsylvania 

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Eva Rosen

Eva Rosen

Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy

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Gregg Colburn

Gregg Colburn

University of Washington

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Agenda


2:00-2:10 pm ET

Opening remarks

Matuschka Lindo Briggs, Director of Special Projects and Strategic Support, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis 

Peggy Bailey, Senior Advisor on Rental Assistance, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

2:10-3:05 pm ET

Panel 1: Emergency rental assistance programs

Elora Raymond, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Elizabeth Strom, Associate Professor, University of South Florida

Rebecca Yae, Senior Research Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Giselle Routhier, Postdoctoral Fellow at Health x Housing Lab, NYU Langone Health

Moderator: Matuschka Lindo Briggs, Director of Special Projects and Strategic Support, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

3:05 pm-3:15 pm ET

Break

3:15-4:10 pm ET

Panel 2: Universal rental housing vouchers

Prentiss Dantzler, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto   

Vincent Reina, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Eva Rosen, Assistant Professor, Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy

Gregg Colburn, Assistant Professor of Real Estate, University of Washington

Moderator: Matuschka Lindo Briggs, Director of Special Projects and Strategic Support, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

4:10-4:20 pm ET

Closing remarks

Raphael Bostic, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


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About the seminar series

This seminar is part of the Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series, a forum for exploring the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the community development field. The Series expands access to high-quality research that informs stakeholders who are working to support low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color.