Applied Housing Research Initiative

School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement


The scope of our research focus will continually shift in response to ideas generated by our community of stakeholders and by the changing needs of the Bay Area affordable housing community, but the initial stage of AHRI’s development has produced the following issues of focus:

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Call for Proposals!

AHRI announces the availability of two $5,000 mini-grants intended to support faculty-student teams working on applied research that will generate new knowledge to address pressing affordable housing issues in California (at the state, regional or local level).

Faculty who receive these grant awards will be required to submit a working paper (7-10 pages) summarizing their project and the key findings and implications for the field. Working papers will be made available on our website. View 2018 Working Papers here and 2019 Working Papers here.

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as lecturers are eligible to apply. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply. Faculty participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program.

For award consideration: Submit 1) a one-page letter of interest describing your research project, including a) significance to the affordable housing field, b) specific goals and methods, c) timeline and chances of successful completion; and 2) your CV.  

Email both documents to Ayse Pamuk ( and Brooke Ashton (bashton@mail.sfsu.eduby Monday, February 3, 2020. Letters of interest will be reviewed on a rolling basis until promising projects are identified.

Papers must be completed by Monday, September 14, 2020.

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Seed funding from Merritt Community Capital Corporation is greatly appreciated.

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