The COVID-19 Crisis has already had immediate and painful impacts on the U.S. housing market, especially in terms of putting millions of families at risk of losing their homes in the midst of a pandemic. Federal, state and local policymakers have responded in various ways to the threat of evictions and foreclosures, with varying effects. Overall, the most impactful policy responses aimed at the most vulnerable families have been mostly indirect (primarily via temporarily enhanced unemployment payments), although the federal response aimed at homeowners has arguably been much more direct and robust than responses aimed at renters. Professor Immergluck will discuss such responses, but will also focus on potential longer-lasting impacts of the Crisis on housing and real estate markets in the U.S., and on the policy responses that will shape such impacts moving forward.
Dan Immergluck is Professor in the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. His research concerns housing, fair housing and fair lending, homeownership, community reinvestment, housing finance, neighborhood change, real estate, and community and economic development. Professor Immergluck is the author of four books, more than sixty scholarly articles, numerous book chapters, and scores of applied research and policy reports. He has consulted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Atlanta Legal Aid, and other organizations. Prior to becoming a full-time academic, Dr. Immergluck spent 12 years in Chicago working in community and economic development. Professor Immergluck has been cited and quoted extensively in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, the Guardian, CityLab, and other media. He has testified several times before the U.S. Congress, as well as before the Federal Reserve Board. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington, D.C.