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The Center for Research on HOME

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About Us

The mission of the Center for Research on Housing Opportunity, Mobility, and Equity (HOME) is to create sound, relevant research evidence on housing as both a source of disparities and a means for achieving greater equity for all New Yorkers.

We work to translate our findings into practice. All our research is done by the City of New York, for the City of New York. We are integrated into the country’s largest municipal housing agency. This gives us a unique opportunity to understand the current and future needs of decision-makers and promote the integration of research evidence within the policymaking process to better serve all New Yorkers.

What We Do

The Center for Research on HOME conducts original research on policy-relevant issues related to the residential environment and well-being of New York City residents. We sponsor independent initiatives and partner with academics and applied researchers. We carry out research projects through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to help inform more coordinated policy.

Researchers at the Center are deeply involved in the process of research, from design through dissemination. We design studies to focus on issues relevant for New York City. We conduct fieldwork to understand the stories our data represent.  We advocate for the responsible and effective use of data to inform policy. We share our findings with a wide range of audiences to continuously engage and learn.

Our Approach

We take our responsibilities seriously and incorporate our values into all our work :

  • Public policies will be informed by high-quality, reliable research;
  • Studies should respect for those being researched, including how they are treated during data collection and how their data are used;
  • Researchers should actively support inclusion of all participants, regardless of language spoken, disability, or any other potential barriers to engagement; and
  • Access to high-quality, representative data is necessary but insufficient to ensure responsible and effective use to inform decision-making.


The Team

Our team includes quantitative and qualitative researchers who have expertise in New York City’s unique environment and policy context.

Lyz Gaumer is the founding Director of the Center for Research on HOME and serves as the Chief Research Officer for HPD. She brings 20 years of experience in survey research, working on a range of topics from the effects of 9/11 on families with young children who lived near ground zero to her more recent leadership on the New York City Housing and Neighborhood Study, a randomized control trial that evaluates the impact of affordable housing on low-income New Yorkers. Her primary areas of expertise are rent regulation, social networks and neighboring behavior, and neighborhood effects. Lyz has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago.


Caitlin Waickman is the Deputy Director of the Center for Research on HOME. Her research experience includes primary data collection in English and Spanish as well as questionnaire design, testing, and translation. She has presented research findings to a variety of audiences, including developing a set of briefs on the City’s rent regulated housing stock and sharing research findings in both academic and policy contexts. Her areas of interest include rent regulation, residential mobility, and language access. Caitlin has an MA in Urban Studies from Fordham University.


Danny Goldstein is a Research Scientist at the Center for Research on HOME. He has almost a decade of experience across all phases of the research lifecycle—from managing the field effort for the New York City Housing and Neighborhood Study to implementing and overseeing privacy and data security protocols to working with large datasets of objective health measures. He has an interest in collecting and analyzing survey paradata about the process by which the data were collected to understand and improve data collection efforts. Danny studied English Literature at the City College of New York.


Pablo Sanchez is a Research Implementation Coordinator at the Center for Research on HOME. He has over 15 years of extensive data collection experience across multiple research projects in New York, Texas, and the Dominican Republic. His expertise includes extensive on extensive tracking methods on hard-to-reach individuals, management towards field staff data collection effort and gathering critical and sensitive bio markers. His areas of interest are collecting and analyzing survey data in efforts towards improving the respondents experience process all while getting a rich and unbiased data sample. Pablo studied Liberal Arts with a concentration on Human Services at the City College of New York. 


Our Work

New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS)

The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) is a citywide, representative survey of New York City’s housing stock and population that is fielded about every three years by the US Census Bureau on behalf of the City of New York. The survey has been conducted since 1965, making it the longest running housing survey in the country.

Researchers at the Center use data from the NYCHVS to support various policymaking and program areas at HPD and beyond. The Center for Research on HOME is currently working on a set of analyses related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about the NYCHVS here:

The Impacts of COVID-19 in New York City: Measuring Inequalities in the Wake of the Pandemic

The 2021 NYCHVS was the 18th cycle of the survey and collected data from February 2021 through July 2021—approximately one year after the onset of the pandemic in the US. To capture information about the effects of the pandemic, the research team added a topical module on COVID-19. The module collected data on residential and household changes, employment, remote learning, comorbidities, and financial instability, among others.

It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected racial/ethnic minorities and low-wage workers, amplifying existing disparities, especially in places that experienced the largest outbreaks, like New York City. The data collected in the COVID-19 module allow the Center for Research on HOME and its applied partners at other NYC agencies to examine disparities by race/ethnicity, nativity, income, and family composition, including the number and age of children and presence of older adults. These data also provide an opportunity to examine whether there are disparities among other groups, such as those with limited English proficiency or disabilities, and factors that help to explain observed differences.

This information is critical for tracking the consequences for vulnerable populations, refining public assistance programs, and fostering resilience in the face of future disasters and public health emergencies in New York City and beyond. 

The New York City Housing and Neighborhood Study (NYCHANS)

Despite decades of investment in affordable housing nationally, little is known about the impact of these programs on the individuals and families served. .

These housing programs generally serve a low-income working population that may be at greater risk because they do not qualify for most subsidies, yet frequently struggle to make ends meet, particularly in high cost housing markets. Receipt of subsidized housing may help to improve the health and well-being of these households through multiple pathways, including lower housing costs that enable a family to invest scarce resources, improved housing quality that reduces exposure to substandard conditions that may impair physical health, and improved access to resource-rich neighborhoods that provide opportunities for social engagement and higher quality local institutions and amenities. This study examines how housing contributes to the physical and mental health of these low-income individuals.

The New York City Housing and Neighborhood Study is a randomized control trial that evaluates the impact of moving to newly-constructed affordable housing on the well-being of near-poor households in New York City. 2,600 households were randomly assigned to either receive an affordable housing unit at one of thirteen developments located in five neighborhoods (n=~1,000) or remain in private market housing without assistance (n=~1,600). In-person follow-up interviews were conducted four to seven years after intervention to assess differences in housing and neighborhood quality, financial stability, neighborhood safety, social context, physical and mental health, and health behaviors.

The study is a collaboration of HPD and Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Gaumer (HPD) and Brooks-Gunn (Teachers College, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University) serve as Co-Principal Investigators on the study.


Upcoming Projects

Publications and Presentations

We connect with policymakers, the broader research community, and the public through peer-review publications, research briefs, presentations, and convenings with key stakeholders in order to better inform policy decisions that improve the overall quality of life and well-being of NYC residents.

Advance Translation at a Large Survey Organization: Navigating the Potential Obstacles
Comparative Survey Design & Implementation (CSDI) 2021 Virtual Workshop
March 22-April 9, 2021 (Co-authored)
Categories: Conference Presentation, Language Access and Equity, Data Collection Methods, NYCHVS

Integrating Objective Health Measures: Using a Consumer Actigraphy Wristband to Supplement a Survey of Caregivers and Teens
Gaumer, E., Goldstein, D., Jerome, J.B.R., Brooks-Gunn, J. (2019).
Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings 2019 Survey Research Methods Section
http://www.asasrms.org/Proceedings/y2019/files/1199571.pdf
Categories: Publication, Data Collection Methods, HANS

Choreographing “the Best Interview Ever”: Developing and Implementing a Multimodal Family Interview
Waickman, C., Goldstein, D., Powell, L., Gaumer, E. (2019).
Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings 2019 Survey Research Methods Section
http://www.asasrms.org/Proceedings/y2019/files/1199484.pdf
Categories: Publication, Data Collection Methods, HANS

Learning the Lessons of History: Getting the Most from a Field Staff-Powered Contact History Instrument
Jerome, J.B.R., Goldstein, D. (2019).
Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings 2019 Survey Research Methods Section
http://www.asasrms.org/Proceedings/y2019/files/1199577.pdf
Categories: Publication, Data Collection Methods, HANS

Rent Regulation in New York City
Sharing Cities Encounter 2019
November 2019, Barcelona, Spain
Categories: Policy Convening, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

Green Affordable Housing and Residents’ Physical Activity Levels
National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) Member Meeting
September 2019, New York, NY
https://www.nccor.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/NCCOR-Sept.-2019-Member-Meeting-Summary.pdf
Video: https://youtu.be/mH2Qfj2Iry0?list=PL1H-SjN7Ndh1x-akmu50J53zOtgDq-dyD&t=6452
Categories: Conference Presentation, Health and Housing, Affordable Housing, HANS

The (Rent) Burden of Living in NYC: Housing Programs and Evictions
American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting
August 2019, New York, NY
https://www.asanet.org/annual-meeting-2019/regional-spotlight-sessions
Categories: Conference Presentation, Affordable Housing, Housing Instability, HANS

Data Expo 2019- New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey Data Challenge
Joint Statistical Meetings- Sponsored by the American Statistical Association
July 2019, Denver, CO
https://community.amstat.org/governmentstatisticssection/awards/dataexpo
Categories: Student Engagement, NYCHVS

Should we change how we measure change? Longitudinal versus serial cross-sectional data from a NYC housing survey
Measurement Error in Longitudinal Data Workshop
June 21, 2019, Manchester, UK
https://meldw.alexcernat.com/pdfs/DGoldstein.pdf
Categories: Workshop, Survey Methods, NYCHVS

Capturing Social Networks of Adults and Teens: Expanding a Novel Design from New York City
American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference
May 19, 2019, Toronto, ON
https://aapor.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/10/sessiongallery/138/application/3119
Categories: Conference Presentation, Social Networks, Data Collection Methods, HANS

Public Hearing on Rent-Regulated Housing
New York State Assembly
May 2, 2019, New York, NY
https://nystateassembly.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=5099
Categories: Invited Testimony, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

NYC Rent-Regulation: 75-years
American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference
April 13, 2019, San Francisco, CA
https://learn.planning.org/local/catalog/view/product.php?productid=573
Categories: Conference Presentation, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

Green Affordable Housing and Residents’ Physical Activity Levels
Active Living Research Conference
February 19, 2019, Charleston, SC
https://activelivingresearch.org/monday-february-18-2019-agenda
Categories: Conference Presentation, Health and Housing, Affordable Housing, HANS

Quality and Accessibility of Rent Stabilized Units
Waickman, C., Jerome, J.B.R., Place, R. (2018)
HPD Rent Regulation Memos
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/services/rent-regulation-memo-1.pdf
Categories: Publication, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

Affordability of Rent Stabilized Units
Waickman, C., Jerome, J.B.R., Place, R. (2018)
HPD Rent Regulation Memos
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/services/rent-regulation-memo-1.pdf
Categories: Publication, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

Sociodemographics of Rent Stabilized Tenants
Waickman, C., Jerome, J.B.R., Place, R. (2018)
HPD Rent Regulation Memos
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/services/rent-regulation-memo-1.pdf
Categories: Publication, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

The Impact of Affordable Housing on the Well-being of Low-income Children and Caregivers: First Findings from an Experimental Study in New York City
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (AAPAM) Fall Research Conference
November 10, 2018, Washington, DC
https://appam.confex.com/appam/2018/webprogram/Paper27138.html
Categories: Conference Presentation, Affordable Housing, Health and Housing, HANS

The State of Rent Stabilization in New York City
NYU Furman Center Policy Breakfast
October 3, 2018, New York, NY
https://furmancenter.org/thestoop/entry/policy-breakfast-on-the-state-of-rent-stabilization-in-new-york-city
Categories: Policy Convening, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey
An Introduction to Public Data at The Brown Institute, Columbia University
September 6, 2018, New York, NY
https://brown.columbia.edu/event/an-introduction-to-public-data/
Categories: Student Engagement, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

Showing Off So They Show Up: Getting the Attention of
Hard-to-Reach Respondents
American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference
May 17, 2018, Denver, CO
http://app.core-apps.com/aapor_2018/abstract/dcc8ece5-2018-41dc-bde4-d053c02b03f4
Slides: https://www.aapor.org
Categories: Conference Presentation, Data Collection Methods, HANS

Policy Talk: The Intersection of Health & Housing
New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) Annual NYC Conference
May 16, 2018, New York, NY
Categories: Conference Presentation, Health and Housing, HANS

Selected Initial Findings of the 2017 Housing and Vacancy Survey
NYC Rent Guidelines Board
April 5, 2018, New York, NY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-qVj7JhbQg
Categories: Invited Testimony, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

Selected Initial Findings: The 2017 Housing and Vacancy Survey (HVS)
City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings
March 19, 2018, New York, NY
https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=596471&GUID=F386E5CC-6259-4F20-888D-8532ACA81551 
Categories: Invited Testimony, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS 

Improving Access to Affordable Housing Opportunities
DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) and HPD (2017).
City of New York
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dca/downloads/pdf/partners/Research-ImprovingAccesstoAffordableHousingOpportunities.pdf
Categories: Publication, Affordable Housing

Adult Impacts of Affordable Housing on Financial Stability and Health
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (AAPAM) Fall Research Conference
November 3, 2016, Washington, DC
https://appam.confex.com/appam/2016/webprogram/Paper17208.html
Categories: Conference Presentation, Affordable Housing, Health and Housing, HANS

Concentrated Foreclosure Activity and Distressed Properties in New York City
Perkins, K.L., Lear, M.J., Gaumer, E. (2016)
Urban Affairs Review
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1078087416650287
Categories: Publication, Neighborhood Effects, Housing Instability

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Testimony
NYC Rent Guidelines Board
May 26, 2016, New York, NY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlMCuVcdJzw&list=PLBaLTCGD1I9x5Oq4IWrYgUUvwrc3HSgf5&index=13
Categories: Invited Testimony, Rent Stabilization, NYCHVS

Capturing Social Network Data: A Novel Design from New York City
American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference
May 15, 2016, Austin, TX
https://www.aapor.org/AAPOR_Main/media/publications/AAPOR-16-FP_FNL_2.pdf pg. 136
Categories: Conference Presentation, Data Collection Methods, Survey Methods, Social Networks, HANS

Do Faster Respondents Give Better Answers? Analyzing Response Time in Various Question Scales
American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference
May 15, 2016, Austin, TX
https://www.aapor.org/AAPOR_Main/media/publications/AAPOR-16-FP_FNL_2.pdf pg. 137
Categories: Conference Presentation, Data Collection Methods, HANS

Lessons Learned: Face-to-Face Data Collection with Low-Income and Middle Class Population in New York City
American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference
May 13, 2016, Austin, TX
https://www.aapor.org/AAPOR_Main/media/publications/AAPOR-16-FP_FNL_2.pdf pg. 106
Categories: Conference Presentation, Data Collection Methods, HANS

Understanding Neighborhood Effects: An Analysis of Self-Defined Neighborhoods in New York City
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
April 1, 2016, San Francisco, CA
http://app.core-apps.com/aagam2016/abstract/193aa96b70782879f8e5bb310bd3eddc
Categories: Conference Presentation, Neighborhood Effects, HANS

Changing Household Membership as Residential Mobility
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
April 1, 2016, San Francisco, CA
http://app.core-apps.com/aagam2016/abstract/4b2083cf4d1c7ac115c8f430411f4300
Categories: Conference Presentation, Housing Instability, HANS

Is Seeing Really Believing? An Analysis of Objective Crime, Perceived Disorder and Safety and the Association with Mental Distress
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
March 30, 2016, San Francisco, CA
http://app.core-apps.com/aagam2016/abstract/193aa96b70782879f8e5bb310bd04a25
Categories: Conference Presentation, Neighborhood Effects, Health and Housing, Survey Methods, HANS

Building Ties: The Social Networks of Affordable-Housing Residents
Gaumer, E., Jacobowitz, A. (2014).
Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research
https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/cityscpe/vol16num3/article2.html
Categories: Publication, Affordable Housing, Social Networks, HANS

News and Updates

Work With Us

The Center for Research on HOME welcomes researchers at all career stages to engage in our work and help us to achieve our mission.

Study With US

The Center for Research on HOME accepts applications for interns, graduate research assistants, and research fellows on a rolling basis throughout the year. Depending on the level experience and academic interest, we may pair qualified candidates with ongoing projects or develop independent projects that meet the objectives on the Center and advance the learning and professional opportunities for the junior researcher.


Partner With Us

The Center for Research on HOME, on behalf of HPD, will partner with external entities to conduct relevant research and to ensure that HPD’s data and resources are used responsibly and effectively to advance housing policy and programs.

The Center and HPD are particularly interested in proposals related to housing disparities, residential mobility, neighborhood effects, and socioeconomic inequality. All research activities should substantially contribute to existing knowledge and inform policy and practice in New York City.


Contact Us

Please email us at HOME@hpd.nyc.gov

NYCHVS

New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS)

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The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) is a citywide, representative survey of New York City’s housing stock and population that is fielded about every three years by the US Census Bureau on behalf of the City of New York.

2021 Selected Initial Findings