Experts offer housing policy recommendations to new HUD secretary in highly respected journal edited by Virginia Tech professor

Housing Policy Debate, a top-ranked Virginia Tech-managed journal, has published a collection of essays directed at Ben Carson, the new Secretary of Health and Urban Development (HUD), his staff, and other federal policymakers.

In a special section, “The Future of Housing Policy: Recommendations for the New HUD Administrator,” nine top national housing policy experts write on the topics of affordable housing and transportation accessibility; transit-oriented development; financial regulation and housing policy; social and economic importance of housing in the U.S.; rental housing programs; affordable housing; and policy implementation.

All of the recommendations are based on the experts’ decades of observation and evidence, through economic cycles and partisan differences that have struggled to address adequately the fundamental needs and sustainability of communities.

One of the essayists is David Bieri, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, and a research fellow at the university’s Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience. Bieri argues that the globalized financial system will continue to influence housing markets at home and abroad, and that U.S. housing policy and financial regulation should better reflect these realities.

The essays appear here and in print.

“While the essays were written for HUD, the hope is that they will stimulate recognition and thoughtful discussion about the challenges faced by U.S. cities and regions,” said Tom Sanchez, the publication’s editor-in-chief. Sanchez is professor and chair of the Urban Affairs and Planning program in the National Capital Region.

“Since it launched more than 25 years ago, Housing Policy Debate has been committed to providing an outlet for cutting edge, original research that informs U.S. housing and community development policy,” said Sanchez. “It has been influential in forwarding both policy and research.”

In Scimago’s rankings of journals worldwide, Housing Policy Debate is the top housing journal and 10 out of 127 in the more general urban studies category. Published by Taylor & Francis, the journal’s copyright has been held by Virginia Tech since it transferred from the Fannie Mae Foundation in 2008.

Housing Policy Debate will co-sponsor a one-day housing policy conference at the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall of 2017 focused on shaping the next generation of national housing policy.

Posted April 11, 2017