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June 03, 2020

Strong Foundations with Katherine McKay

Housing is not just a market commodity – it’s also a basic human need. It contributes to all aspects of social, community and economic life. In this episode, Steve and Corey are joined by Katherine McKay, senior program manager with the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute and lead author of the new report “Strong Foundations: Financial Security Starts with Affordable, Stable Housing.” Together, they discuss the report’s key findings, financial challenges and how society benefits when families have affordable, stable housing.

  • Chapter 1: 0:00 - 11:00 – Key findings of the report
  • Chapter 2: 11:00 - 23:00 – Fundamental challenges
  • Chapter 3: 23:00 - 29:00 – Preservation, renters and rural markets
  • Chapter 4: 29:00 - end – Social benefits of stable, affordable housing

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This podcast is for informational purposes, and is not advocacy, legal interpretation, nor a statement of policy. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Freddie Mac unless explicitly stated. The views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by Freddie Mac employees are those of the employees and do not necessarily reflect the view of Freddie Mac or any of its officials.

About the Podcast Hosts

Steve Guggenmos

Steve Guggenmos
VP Research & Modeling

Steve leads multifamily research at Freddie Mac. In this role he performs research related to national and market-specific multifamily conditions. His team supports the multifamily business by developing models and quantitative approaches that determine risk-based capital allocations. The models capture loan level risks and also the benefits of the diversification and structural credit support for pools of multifamily mortgages, supporting the core business strategies of Freddie Mac Multifamily.

Corey Aber

Corey Aber
Senior Director of Mission, Policy and Strategy

Corey is the Senior Director of Mission, Policy and Strategy at Freddie Mac Multifamily. In this role, he oversees our Duty to Serve initiatives as well as research and development activities that further our support for affordable housing and underserved markets nationwide.

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