Housing policies are central to the inclusiveness of a city. They define how residents share the wealth created by a city and how they access its assets and amenities. Public policies that control the housing supply and public investments in amenities and services such as schools, transportation, and infrastructure can play roles as strong as private wealth in defining the demographic make-up of the city. Population growth and demographic changes play out through the housing market and, when the housing is constrained, these forces further amplify gentrification, economic segregation, and displacement.

Our work on housing focuses on the relationship between housing policy and opportunity, examining how housing policies shape the District of Columbia, and how they can be improved to create a more vibrant city.

Housing issues in focus


These staff members are at the core of our housing research.


Our research is guided by a group of professionals and researchers with deep knowledge of D.C.’s housing market and programs.

Tom Skinner

David Roodberg
Menkiti Group

Recent publications on housing