AHRI Research

The scope of our research focus will continually shift in response to ideas generated by our community of stakeholders and by the changing needs of the Bay Area affordable housing community, but the initial stage of the Applied Housing Research Initiative (AHRI)’s development has produced the following issues of focus:

Housing Venn diagram
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AHRI Working Papers


We are proud to release a slate of working papers on the emergency housing policy response in California in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding for the research was provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). The papers were written by our research team consisting of Dr. Ayse Pamuk (PI), Dr. Jennifer Shea, Dr. Laura Mamo, Dr. XiaoHang Liu, and AHRI research associate and MPA graduate student Temur Umarov.

Dr. Liu’s two part working paper examines the association between a city’s pre-pandemic inclusionary housing program, its vulnerability to COVID-19, and its change in racial residential segregation between 2014 and 2019. Dr. Shea and Dr. Mamo analyze the results of a survey distributed to 482 local California governments in March 2022 to better understand the relationship among housing policy and three interrelated dimensions of equity goals and inequity targets: economic equity, health equity, and racial equity. Dr. Pamuk and graduate student Umarov provide an overview of the emergency housing policies implemented in California and a preliminary analysis of their reasons for implementation effectiveness, and potential issues.

Webinar Event

Inclusionary and Emergency Housing Policies in California during the COVID-19 pandemic
Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 12 - 1 p.m. PST

Presentation Slides


Working Papers

Conceptualizing the Landscape for Emergency Housing Policies and Programs during the Pandemic in California
Authors: Dr. Ayse Pamuk and Temur Umarov
Working Paper 2022-1
LinkedIn Blog Post
Policy Brief WP 2022-1

California Cities’ Emergency Housing Policies during COVID-19: Where is Equity?
Authors: Dr. Jennifer Shea and Dr. Laura Mamo
Working Paper 2022-2
LinkedIn Blog Post
Policy Brief WP 2022-2

Inclusionary Housing Programs, Vulnerability to COVID-19 and Racial Residential Segregation: An Examination of Cities in California
Author: Dr. XiaoHang Liu
Working Paper 2022-3
LinkedIn Blog Post
Policy Brief WP 2022-3

This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Interactive Mapping Platform/Dashboards

Previous Working Papers

Social Vulnerability to COVID-19 Pandemic in California Cities
Author: Dr. XiaoHang Liu
Working Paper 2021-1

Assessing Equity in Local Housing Policies in California
Authors: Dr. Laura Mamo and Dr. Jennifer Shea
Working Paper 2021-2


Narratives of Housing Displacement and Health in San Francisco: Eviction as Public Health Crisis
Authors: Dr. Laura Mamo and Maria Elena Acosta
Working Paper 2020-1

The Seismic Analysis of Tiny Homes: A Comparative Analysis of a Representative Shed and an IRC Tiny Home
Authors: Arthuro Dominguez Escalante and Dr. Jenna Wong
Working Paper 2020-2


Inclusionary Housing in San Francisco: Mapping Racial Integration, Neighborhood Change, and Affordability
Authors: Dr. Ayse Pamuk and Jeremy Hill
Working Paper 2019-1

Affordable Housing and Residential Segregation in San Francisco: A Spatial Analysis between 2000 and 2015
Authors: Dr. XiaoHang Liu and Sally Shatford
Working Paper 2019-2

Housing Options and Strategies for Aging in Place
Author: Dr. Emiko Takagi
Working Paper 2019-3


Based on research gaps identified during our stakeholder meetings in the spring of 2018, we commissioned 3 overview papers. Faculty and student teams completed these literature review and overview papers during summer and early fall 2018.

Fiscal Zoning: Why Does it Happen? How Often Does it Happen? And Does it Need to Happen?
Author: Jeremy Hill
Working Paper 2018-1

Overview of Health & Housing
Authors: Jessica Wolin & Jacque Perkins
Working Paper 2018-2

Jobs & Housing Imbalance in the San Francisco Bay Area
Authors: Dr. Venoo Kakar & Aditi Grossman
Working Paper 2018-3