Housing Solutions Lab

Helping cities plan, launch, and evaluate equitable housing policies

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In addition to policy guidance and resources available on Local Housing Solutions, the Lab is engaged in several ongoing projects to provide analysis, tools, and peer learning and training opportunities to cities. 

Lab launch event

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Peer learning and training

Peer Networks

Large city network

Launched in the spring of 2020 with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and in partnership with Abt Associates, a network of 10 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis, Newark, Philadelphia, Portland, and San Antonio, that has been meeting monthly and in dedicated working groups on eviction and foreclosure prevention, housing production and preservation, and homeless assistance. 

Small and midsize city network

Launched in the fall of 2020, the inaugural Housing Solutions Peer Network includes officials from Arlington, TX; Boulder, CO; Cleveland, OH; Jackson, MI; Oakland, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Syracuse, NY. City officials convene monthly to discuss common housing challenges and share best practices, and are connected with resources through Lab staff. 

In fall 2021 the Lab will host additional opportunities for cities across the country, including the second Housing Solutions Peer Network cohort and Local Housing Solutions Virtual Institute (see below).  To be notified when these additional peer learning opportunities arise, please sign up for our mailing list.

Housing Solutions Workshop

In partnership with Abt Associates and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Housing Solutions Lab is hosting the Housing Solutions Workshop – a 4-week long education program to help local policymakers from small and midsize cities develop local housing strategies and build capacity for better decision making. To be notified when applications open for the LHS Institute, please sign up for our mailing list.

Research and tools in progress

Emergency rental assistance during COVID-19

The Lab team is working with several Peer Network cities to understand the use of emergency rental assistance, including take-up and the characteristics of tenant and landlord applicants.  

Racial equity toolkit 

The Housing Solutions Lab will develop an online housing equity tool assessment to help cities with identifying key housing indicators related to advancing racial equity and measures that cities can track over time with readily accessible data.

Homelessness predictive tool

The Lab is collaborating with Columbia University to develop a public-facing, interactive map and database that will assess a county’s risk of homelessness based on key economic indicators in order to allow for more targeted resource allocation at the community level.

What are we learning about small and midsize cities?

Our work: Framing-paper-thumbnail

Learn about why we work with small and midsize cities in our framing paper: The Promise and Possibilities of Working with Small and Midsize Cities.

Blog posts

The Housing Solutions Lab is developing a series of analyses focused on housing challenges and opportunities in small and mid-sized cities across the country. 

In this inaugural post, we examine the population and housing characteristics in small and mid-sized cities in order to better understand their potentially unique needs and solutions. Read the analysis now.

Case studies and housing strategy profiles


View all housing strategy profiles and case studies.

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