• Research & Policy

    Furman Center Marks 15th Anniversary with Release of “15 Years of Research, Analysis and Insight”

    February 1st 2011

    February 1, 2011: Over the past 15 years, the Furman Center has been committed to the highest standards of interdisciplinary empirical and legal research about housing, land use, real estate, and urban affairs. This report looks back at the Furman Center’s past research, events and reports in four focus areas: Housing Finance and Foreclosures, Affordable Housing, Land Use Regulation, and Neighborhood Change. View the report. Read more »

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    Furman Center Releases New Report on Mortgage Lending in New York City

    November 12th 2010

    November 12, 2010: While home purchase mortgage lending declined throughout the recession, new research released by the Furman Center finds that lending to low and moderate income homebuyers actually increased in 2009, as did the number of new mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veteran’s Administration (VA).  The new data brief,Mortgage Lending During the Great Recession: HMDA 2009, finds that 16 percent of the 2009 New York City home purchase mortgages were FHA/VA-backed loans. By comparison, those loans accounted for less than one percent of home mortgage loans issued from 2005 to 2007. View press release. Read more »

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    Vicki Been Presents at Muncipal Art Society Summit for New York City

    October 25th 2010

    Vicki Been joined a panel of experts and community leaders to discuss the “Demographics of a Changing New York” at the Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City on October 21, 2010. After a presentation on changing demographics in New York City, Vicki addressed how population trends affect the City’s challenges in terms of land use policy and economic development. View slides of her presentation. Read more »

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    Ingrid Gould Ellen Presents at White House Conference

    October 13th 2010

    Ingrid Gould Ellen joined a panel of researchers, government officials and stakeholders to discuss the “Next Generation” of rental housing federal policies at a White House conference Oct. 13, 2010. The conference addressed how housing policy could more effectively combat poverty, address social inequity issues, and create new incentives for wealth building in urban and rural America. View slides of her presentation. Read more »

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    Furman Center Releases New Report on Public School Students in Homes Facing Foreclosure

    October 4th 2010

    October 4, 2010: While researchers have noted the deleterious effects of foreclosure on surrounding properties and neighborhoods, little is known about the effects of foreclosure on children. A new report, Kids and Foreclosure: New York City , released today by researchers at New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP) and Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, begins to address the issue by estimating the number of students in New York City affected by the current foreclosure crisis. View press release. Read more »

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    Furman Center Researchers Presenting Seven Papers at APPAM

    September 29th 2010

    The Furman Center’s cutting edge research will be presented at the 32nd annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Research Conference on November 5-7, 2010. The papers presented span the gamut of Furman’s innovative work, from studies of pioneering households to the impact of foreclosure crises, from analysis of land use regulations to homeowner investment decisions. View the full list of Furman Center APPAM presentations. Read more »

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    Furman Center Scholar Wins Planning Law Writing Competition

    September 29th 2010

    Michael Nadler, a Furman Center Housing and Urban Policy Scholar and New York University Law student, was awarded first prize in the American Planning Association’s annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. Nadler will receive a $2,500 prize and his paper, “The Constitutionality of Community Benefits Agreements: Addressing the Exactions Problem,” will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of the Urban Lawyer. View press release. Read more »

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    Ingrid Gould Ellen Speaks at Treasury Conference on Housing Finance

    August 17th 2010

    On August 17, 2010, Ingrid Gould Ellen joined a panel of experts to speak at the Obama Administration’s Conference on the Future of Housing Finance, hosted by the Department of Treasury and HUD. Drawing on ideas from a cross-section of stakeholders, the conference will inform the administration’s comprehensive housing finance reform proposal scheduled for delivery to Congress by January 2011. Ingrid’s remarks were based on recommendations from a Furman Center White Paper released earlier this year, exploring options for the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. View media coverage. Read more »

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    Ingrid Gould Ellen Releases New Book: How to House the Homeless

    July 29th 2010

    Homelessness is one of the most troubling and persistent social problems in the United States, yet experts can neither agree on its root causes nor on how to eradicate it.  Ingrid’s new book, co-edited with Brendan O’Flaherty, professor of economics at Columbia University, proposes that the answers entail rethinking how housing markets operate and developing more efficient interventions in existing service programs. How to House the Homeless makes clear the inextricable link between homelessness and housing policy, and critically reassesses where we are now, analyzes the most promising policies and programs going forward, and offers a new agenda for future research. Read more »

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    Sarah Gerecke Testifies Before the CRA Interagency Public Hearing

    July 21st 2010

    On July 19, 2010, Sarah Gerecke testified before the CRA Interagency Public Hearing, jointly held by The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS). Her testimony drew from Furman Center research and emphasized the need for (1) consistent, timely and rigorous data-driven analysis to measure both local community credit needs and also the impact of CRA programs in meeting those needs, and (2) more incentives for financial institutions to support a broader range of community development activities. Read more »