Panel: Housing Measurement Matters: Examining, Constructing, and Testing New Housing Security Measures
(Housing and Community Development)

Saturday, November 4, 2017: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Wright (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Martha Galvez, Urban Institute
Panel Chairs:  Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University
Discussants:  Martha Galvez, Urban Institute and Jonathan Spader, Abt Associates, Inc.


Revisiting Housing Quality
Sandra Newman and C. Scott Holupka, Johns Hopkins University



Housing Insecurity Measures
Josh Leopold, Mary Cunningham and Lily Posey, Urban Institute



Measurement Error in Housing Assistance Participation in the National Health Interview Survey: Evidence and Implications
Michel Boudreaux1, Andrew Fenelon2 and Natalie Slopen2, (1)University of Maryland, (2)University of Maryland, College Park


This panel explores measurement of housing security and neighborhood opportunity. Data documenting the trends and status of the residential settings of low-income households tend to be limited and incomplete. For example, there is no clear consensus on how to assess housing quality, no single index of housing security exists, self-reports of housing assistance receipt are unreliable, and  there is more debate than agreement on what constitutes an opportunity neighborhood.

The current housing affordability crisis and heightened interest in spatial inequality motivates this panel’s fresh look at measuring key aspects of where low-income households live. Our goal is to provide researchers, policymakers and practitioners with new insights into determining the scale and dynamics of housing and neighborhood problems, the effectiveness of housing assistance programs, and the impacts of housing on health, education, economic, and or other outcomes. Four diverse papers examine different aspects of housing security measurement, including constructing new measures of housing quality, exploring opportunities to develop a standard housing instability measure, examining the validity of housing assistance indicators in health survey data, and documenting U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development efforts to develop measures that communities can use to identify neighborhoods of opportunity and further fair housing goals.

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