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July 30, 2020

Affordability Strategies with Jenny Schuetz

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there wasn’t enough safe, affordable housing to meet the need, and 10+ million renters were spending more than half their income on housing. In this episode, Steve and Corey talk with Jenny Schuetz – fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and a leading voice on urban economics and housing policy. Together, they take a closer look at strategies for increasing affordable housing beyond the COVID-19 economic crisis.

To learn more, read Brookings’ recent report Strategies for increasing affordable housing amid the COVID-19 economic crisis.

  • Chapter 1: 0:00 - 5:00 – Historical perspective and Brookings’ report
  • Chapter 2: 5:00 - 10:00 – Increasing the volume of long-term rental housing
  • Chapter 3: 10:00 - 19:00 – Maintaining existing housing inventory
  • Chapter 4: 19:00 - 28:00 – Racial, income and land-use factors
  • Chapter 5: 28:00 - 33:30 – Opportunities and the role of governments
  • Chapter 6: 33:30 - end – Questions and conclusions of the report

Listen to other episodes in the series.


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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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