Health and Safety of Homes for Communities of Color

People, specially young children and older individuals, spend a significant amount of time indoors. A deteriorating home can pose more safety and health hazards (e.g., lead and peeling paint-dust infiltration), and practices can increase exposure to contaminants (burning of candles, paint jobs, fireplace use, use of harsher cleaning agents). This project will determine the health of 50 minority homes in the Greensboro area through sampling and testing, access the knowledge base of residents on the health of their home, and importantly provide resources and tips to improve their homes. Data collected will be compared to national standards.


Displacement and Gentrification along Maryland’s Purple Line Light Rail Corridor - University of Maryland

In Maryland, the State government and a consortium of private companies are investing billions to construct a light rail line due to open by 2026. A variety of government, private, and non-profit actors known as the Purple Line Corridor Coalition are trying to achieve a vision of equitable transit-oriented development without displacement of incumbent residents. Displacement occurs due to escalating housing costs- a social problem associated with gentrification. In this research, we ask if gentrification is already occurring at the neighborhood level along the Purple Line Corridor, and if it's attributable to the new investment in transit. Second, we ask if residents in the Purple Line corridor are more likely to experience affordability issues, whether residential or commercial, in gentrifying neighborhoods.


Stemming the Tide of Displacement: The Role of Rights to Purchase - University of Maryland

U.S. renters are facing an affordable housing crisis that has been created, in part, by the conversion of affordable rental apartments to luxury apartments and condominiums. To stem the tide of displacement created by conversions, housing advocates have called for the adoption of laws to mitigate displacement and protect tenants’ rights to remain in their rental units. A few local governments in the nation’s capital area have adopted anti-displacement policies that grant renters the “right to purchase” (RTP). The purpose of this research is to examine the efficacy of RTP policies in preserving affordable housing opportunities for low-income households and persons of color.

Airbnb and Affordable Housing Opportunities for Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) Participants in DC

The impact of Short-Term Rental (STR) housing provided  through Airbnb and others on local housing market has been the subject of intense and publicized debate among market actors, including lawmakers, developers, housing providers, and renters in many urban areas.   While there is growing literature on how STR providers affect rents, neighborhood change and displacement of lower income renters, little research has been done on whether Airbnb and other STRs decrease affordable housing opportunities for Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) participants. Using proprietary Airbnb/VRBO listing data, property and income tax data from DC government and socio-economic data from U.S. Census, this study aims to explore the relationship between the expansion of Airbnb and housing supply affordable to lower income DC residents.  The DC Council enacted a regulation in 2008 that restricted the activities of Airbnb and other STRs in DC. Airbnb data for 2014-2022 allows us to assess the pre and post regulation effects of Airbnb on affordable housing market in DC.