Evaluating Policies and Programs for Housing Security: New Lease for Homeless Families, Family Self-Sufficiency Program and Minimum Wage Increases

Thursday, October 6 | 1:45pm

Panelists

  • Marija Bingulac, Researcher, Center for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Brandynn Holgate, Senior Research Associate, Center for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Michael Carr, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston

Moderator
Susan R. Crandall, Director, Center for Social Policy, Clinical Professor, Public Policy and Public Affairs, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Presentation Slides

Stable housing keeps families together, improves child well-being, and enables people the opportunity to pursue their goals. Strong housing policy coupled with a broad social agenda that includes the provision of high quality healthcare services, access to educational opportunities, the time and resources to care for family members and the availability of suitable employment options all contribute to economic security for individuals and families. This panel explores three different approaches to boosting family economic and housing stability through evaluations and original research undertaken by researchers at the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The recommendations advance affordable housing as a human-capital investment.