CHURP Research Conference Program

                Sponsored by The Howard University Center of Excellence in Housing and Urban Research and Policy (CHURP)

                                        Supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
                                        Venue: Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building
                                                   2201 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20059
                                                  November 16, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Welcome – Haydar Kurban, Director of CHURP & Omari Swinton, Chair, Department of

9:10 a.m. Greetings from Howard University, Provost & Chief Academic Officer Anthony K. Wutoh

9:30 a.m. Panel 1: Overcoming Challenges in Public Housing

Session Chair: Rodney Green

Exploring Indoor Allergen Levels in Public Housing Where Children with Asthma Reside: What are More
Effective Interventions?
Janet Phoenix, Milken School of Public Health, George Washington University

The Health and Safety of Low-Income Homes in the Greensboro Area. Alesia Ferguson, North Carolina
A&T University

Lifting Voices of Resident Leaders in Public Housing:  Exploring Lived Experiences with Leadership.
Sandra Crewe, Rodney Green, Bezil Taylor, and Jalissa R. Worthy. School of Social Work, Howard
University, and CHURP

Barriers to Sustainable Affordable Public Housing in Urban Low-Income Communities in the Tri-Cities in
North Carolina.
Musibau Shofoluwe, North Carolina A&T University

11:00 a.m. Panel 2: Housing Affordability: Policies and Challenges

Session Chair: Brooke McKie

Increasing Black Homeownership through the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) in the District
of Columbia.
Haydar Kurban, Bethel Cole-Smith, Daniel Muhammad, Susan Steward and Joseph Dean,
CHURP and D.C. Government

Building A Rent Control Database in D.C. Joseph Dean and Haydar Kurban, CHURP

Unintended Consequences of Property Tax Relief Programs in D.C. Haydar Kurban, Amirhossein Amini
Behbahani and Mohammad Alfayazi. CHURP and Howard University Department of Economics

Realizing Housing Justice in the Nation’s Capital: The Role of Tenants’ Rights to Purchase. Casey J.
Dawkins, Kathryn Howell, and Sophie McManus, National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG), University of

12:30 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote, Calvin Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy
Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
1:30 p.m. Panel 3: Neighborhoods and the Environment

Session Chair: Digna Mosquera

Gentrification and Displacement in Maryland’s Purple Line Corridor. Nicholas Finio, National Center for
Smart Growth (NCSG), University of Maryland

Measuring Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in New York
Jasmine Fuller, Prasun Dhungana, and Manish Adhikari, CHURP

Case Studies of Modular Housing: A Prelude to a New Operation Breakthrough. Melvin Mitchell,
Bradford Grant, and Jacqueline Carmichael, Howard University Schools of Engineering & Architecture
and Fine Arts

3:00 p.m. Panel 4: Finance, the Underserved, and Racial Disparities

Session Chair: Jasmine Fuller

The Spillover Effects of State Payday Lending Regulations. Nyanya Browne, CHURP

Black Investment in Financial Instruments: Barriers and Solutions. Bethel Cole-Smith, Beza Afework,
Nyanya Browne and Digna Mosquera, CHURP

Improving Equity? The Short-term Impact of Inclusionary Zoning on Housing and Health Outcomes.
Haydar Kurban, Bethel Cole-Smith, Daniel Muhammad and Susan Steward, CHURP and DC Government

Using New Tools to Understand the Appraiser’s Role in the Lingering Effects of Redlining. Linda Loubert,
Morgan State University

4:30 p.m. Round Table of Selected Upcoming Projects

Session Chair: Beza Afework

Aging in Place, Intergenerational Wealth, and the Quality of Life. Felecia M. Banks and Nyanya Browne,
Howard University Department of Occupational Therapy and CHURP

Airbnb and the Loss of Housing Voucher Opportunity. Haydar Kurban, CHURP

Exploring Household Exits from Transitioning Neighborhoods Using the American Housing Survey. Regina
Tawah, LaTanya Brown-Robertson, and Augustin Ntembe, Bowie State University and Howard University

5:30 p.m. Remarks and Reception – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Solomon Greene, Office of
Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development