Programs & Events Conferences
Tuesday, January 28th 2014
The Furman Center hosted the Retrofit Solutions Workshop on Saturday, January 11th, 2014. The workshop brought together over 60 experts from a variety of disciplines, including architects, engineers, building operators, code experts, cost estimators, city officials, representatives from FEMA, and other experts. Workshop participants focused on three specific buildings in Superstorm Sandy’s surge area, including a five-unit building, 20-unit building, and 100+ unit building. These buildings were selcted to be broadly representative of the city's building stock, and will allow the retrofit solutions to be applied to similar buildings across the city.
Monday, September 16th 2013
This week, the Furman Center convened 60 of the nation's leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss research required to better understand the need for, and challenges of, racial and economic residential integration.The event marked the launch of the Furman Center’s new Integration Research Initiative, a yearlong series of programs that will involve scholars from around the world and across disciplines.
Wednesday, April 10th 2013
Mayoral Candidates Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn, John Liu, Bill Thompson, Adolfo Carrion, and Sal Albanese gave their perspective on New York City’s housing issues to 450 attendees at the Furman Center and Moelis Institute’s Mayoral Forum, Big Ideas for the Big Apple, hosted by Brian Lehrer yesterday. The Forum was preceeded by several panel discussions on the housing legacy of former Mayor Ed Koch. Hear analysis from Furman Center Director Vicki Been and get the full forum audio from the Brian Lehrer Show , or follow @FurmanCenterNYU on twitter to see tweets from the event. Complete video of the forum will be available here soon.
Wednesday, September 19th 2012
At the request of the Housing Commission, Research Fellow Mark Willis gathered together a special group of experts in housing finance and capital markets to help the Commission members better understand ways to bring more private, credit-risk-taking capital into the housing market. Willis moderated the two sessions at the NYU School of Law. The first convening focused on bringing in private capital ahead of a government guarantee that would then only be needed to cover catastrophic losses. The dialogue explored different types of insurance and of capital market vehicles for taking the “first-loss” risk as well as the types of institutions needed to issue the securities and provide the government wrap. The second convening explored the conditions needed to revive the private-label-securities (PLS) market to allow for the securitization of more mortgages without any direct government support. The dialogue covered issues ranging from standardization and model documents to increased transparency for investors to better able to assess their risks both before and after the mortgage-backed securities are sold.
Tuesday, April 10th 2012
Director Vicki Been, Research Fellow Mark Willis, and Howell Jackson, the James S. Reid, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, facilitated “The Size and Scope of the Problems Second Liens Pose,” a roundtable discussion that examined the role second liens play in making it harder to resolve distressed first mortgages and therefore potentially undermining efforts to stabilize the housing market. A wide range of issues were debated by participants that included servicers, investors, title insurers, consultants, bank regulators, government officials, mortgage counselors, economists, lawyers, accountants and academics. The discussion also explored possible ways to mitigate the impact of second liens today and to avoid recreating the same problems in the future. The information gathered at the roundtable discussion, in combination with an extensive literature review, provides the basis for a white paper for the Pew Foundation’s Strategies for Revitalizing the Housing Sector.
Thursday, November 10th 2011
In the last few years, the mortgage foreclosure crisis has uprooted millions of households and destabilized myriad communities around the country. News stories have reported growing concerns about the effects of these foreclosed homes on surrounding communities and on crime in particular, as buildings sit vacant and unmonitored. With funding from the National Institute of Justice, the Furman Center is undertaking a set of studies exploring how foreclosures affect neighborhood crime. On November 10th, the Furman Center hosted an invitation-only roundtable to present its research findings to date and to facilitate discussion of the implications for housing and criminal justice policy. Participants represented a broad array of stakeholders, including representatives from local government (including those working in both housing and criminal justice), nonprofit organizations, foundations, and academia. View the working paper on foreclosures and crime in New York City here.
Thursday, September 8th 2011
On September 8, 2011, the Institute for Affordable Housing Policy gathered leaders from across government, community-based non-profits, private firms and academia for a roundtable discussion to address the future of affordable housing in New York City. The Furman Center and Institute’s Subsidized Housing Information Project (SHIP) was launched on the morning of September 8, 2011 and served as the focal point of the roundtable discussion. The SHIP database provides extensive information on nearly 235,000 subsidized affordable housing units in New York City, consolidating information from 50 separate public and private data sources into one searchable website. This critical new resource will enable policymakers to make informed decisions and help ensure the continued availability of subsidized rental properties for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
Friday, February 4th 2011
On February 4, 2011, the Furman Center’s Institute for Affordable Housing Policy hosted an invitation-only Roundtable called “Navigating Uncertain Waters: Mortgage Lending in the Wake of the Great Recession.” The event aimed to assist government, corporations, academics and non-profits address the challenge of mortgage credit need and availability by promoting informed discussion and providing evidence-based, objective research and analysis. The Roundtable included three robust discussion sessions and presentations on the current state of housing finance and recommendations for reform.