Affordability. Accessibility. Security. We all want the same things when it comes to housing. But we don't all get them. Housing is a deeply personal element of our lives that has huge implications for our community support, our access to transportation, our jobs, and our upward mobility. And as America becomes more urbanized, we need to change how we provide and deliver affordable, accessible, and secure housing. Today’s innovative housing solutions have the potential to deliver incredible and significant impact for millions of people.
Wagner sits at the heart of research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy in America today. We look at how housing shapes communities and how communities shape lives. And we ask big questions with huge repercussions. We look at how living in subsidized housing affects people’s lives. How government policies incentivize people to stay in their current homes or move to new neighborhoods. We explore the causes and consequences of the dramatic shifts in urban neighborhoods. And we actively work to develop age-friendly housing solutions as members of working groups and commissions. This happens in the classroom (especially in our master’s of urban planning program), in our research centers (such as the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy), in student group activities, and at events.
As an NYU Wagner graduate, you’ll have the analytical tools to understand the complex role housing plays for a whole city—and the ability to break that down on a block-by-block basis. You’ll have the policy and finance background to craft housing programs that deliver meaningful impact while minimizing cost. And you’ll have the management skills to deliver those programs in a range of settings—from government agencies to public service providers and everything in between—to help people get a healthy home at a price they can afford.