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Toward an Inclusive Recovery: Increasing the Housing Security of Vulnerable Renters Through Rental Assistance

November 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm 4:20 pm EST

Housing Security

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 is part of a Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series focused on supporting an inclusive recovery.

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-03:15 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


Presented by

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia