Housing Solutions Lab

Helping cities plan, launch, and evaluate equitable housing policies

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Our Research and Partnerships

The Lab conducts rigorous housing policy research. We partner with cities, housing authorities, housing providers, and others to analyze the innovative work they are doing and to co-design and study new pilot programs. The Lab also supports and amplifies emerging scholarship on housing innovations in small and midsize cities.

Public Housing Authority Community of Practice

In 2023, the Housing Solutions Lab launched a Community of Practice, convening a diverse group of public housing agencies and authorities (PHAs) interested in developing a research agenda and partnering with us to explore and evaluate innovative practices.

PHAs in small and midsize cities in particular may be innovating in ways that are understudied. The Lab can bring rich administrative data, analytical expertise, best practice research, and peer knowledge-sharing to bear in helping PHAs access the evidence they need to adopt and assess new policies.

Supporting research on housing innovation for small and midsize cities

The Housing Solutions Lab also supports external research on housing policy innovation in small and midsize cities through competitive awards, policy and methods expertise, and assistance in disseminating findings to policy audiences. Special priority is given to research on innovations that promise to reduce racial and ethnic disparities and to early-career and nontraditional scholarship.

Learn more about our awardees

Comparative research in small and midsize cities

The Housing Solutions Lab’s partnerships with cities across the country provide a unique opportunity to understand how the design and implementation of programs and policies vary across space, and how this variation relates to outcomes. By studying different approaches to creating a rental registry, remediating lead in housing, conducting community outreach, and other topics of vital importance to local housing practitioners, the Lab aims to learn from cities about what works and why. If your city, town, or county has implemented a policy or program you think is worth studying, Ask the Lab.


Our research partnerships

The Lab partners with local governments and nonprofit leaders to better understand housing policies and programs through original, empirical research. 

Learn more

If you are interested in partnering with the Lab to integrate data collection or measure the success of your local housing policy or program, please contact Claudia Aiken, Director of New Research Partnerships, at claudia.aiken@nyu.edu.

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