Rachel Kleit / KSA City and Regional Planning

October 31, 2012 - 5:30pm


Professor Rachel Kleit  will present the lecture The Changing Relationship Between Housing and Inequality at 5:30PM on Wednesday, October 31 in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium.

Inequality in both income and wealth has grown rapidly in the U.S. since the 1970s. Over the same time period, affordability challenges have emerged as the most prevalent housing problem faced by American households. Homeownership has been the largest economic investment and source of wealth for households in the U.S., but the foreclosure crisis and recession of the 2000s have stretched households financially and weakened the traditional economic benefits of homeownership. These blows to household economic stability implicate homeownership and affordability in the widening gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. Therefore, housing affordability and ownership not only reflect existing patterns of income and wealth inequality, but also serve to perpetuate those inequalities over time.

Rachel Kleit is Head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School of Architecture. Previously, she was Associate Professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. Kleit’s research interests include public and assisted housing self-sufficiency programs; the impacts of housing programs that mix income groups; and connections between housing location, neighborhood composition, social networks, and access to opportunity. She teaches urban policy, social capital and social policy, U.S. housing policy, and quantitative methods.

Kleit is the recipient of the 1998 Young Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association and Sage Publications, and the 1999 Best Student Paper Award in Housing and Community Development from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Fannie Mae Foundation. She is also a recipient of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship to support research on the New Holly HOPE VI site in Seattle. Kleit holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and an MA in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University. She also holds a BA in history from Brandeis University.

continuing education credits

This lecture has been approved by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) for one LA CES CEU. Those wishing to receive LA CES CEU's must sign in with Katie O'Lone or Jennifer Saunier at the event sign-in table to receive their evaluation form that must be completed after each lecture (No advanced registration is required).

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