Center for Applied Housing Research

School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagament

About Us

Center for Applied Housing Research (CAHR) seeks to create a central hub where students, faculty, policy makers, practitioners, and other housing leaders can come together to examine and understand housing policy issues in the Bay Area and beyond. The essence of CAHR is rooted in the principle of community engagement. CAHR connects SFSU faculty and students with community-based organizations and government agencies in pursuit of innovations in the affordable housing sector that will produce equitable outcomes. CAHR provides a platform for introducing innovative solutions to affordable housing problems through major activities such as supporting faculty and student research, offering a practitioner (co)-taught course on housing, and hosting an annual Distinguished Speaker Lecture.

CAHR collects ideas and pressing research and data needs from community stakeholders and responds by delivering timely and unique research solutions.

CAHR works with community organizations and local governments to define and respond to their specific research and data assistance needs.

CAHR seeks to enhance the educational experience of SFSU students by bringing them into the most pressing research conversations in the affordable housing field.

CAHR expands upon current faculty research by facilitating short-term research projects and providing a platform for dissemination of the results.

CAHR amplifies the ongoing conversations about affordable housing issues and research concerns by hosting public speakers and panel discussions of the most salient issues for housing practitioners and researchers.

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