Content Selection Policy

The Housing Matters website publishes research summaries, editorial content, a news roundup, and event listings. We strive to share content that can help practitioners, policymakers, and researchers strengthen their work and use housing to reduce disparities and attain better outcomes.

Editorial content

Blog posts and other editorial content published on Housing Matters share evidence-based insights, promising practices, and stories that highlight the connection between housing and individual and community outcomes. Typical content links high-quality evidence to timely policy discussions or practical decisions, offering lessons that can advance quality of life and residential options for historically marginalized populations. Even when reflecting on current policy debates or emerging research, we hope the lessons remain valuable whether a reader finds our work today, next month, or next year.

We prioritize solution-oriented writing on the following topics:

  • connections between housing assistance policies and health, education, and child welfare systems
  • equitable economic opportunities and asset growth through housing
  • correcting injustices in housing and neighborhood opportunities

We aim for editorial content to reduce stigmatization and acknowledge the basic dignity of all people.

Most content is written by Urban Institute staff. All opinions expressed are the views of the individual author and not the editors, funders, or the Urban Institute.

Guest authors are also welcome to submit ideas for original blog posts. Authors may share examples of mission-driven and evidence-based work but may not advance specific legislation, political candidates, or commercial enterprises. Guest authors may request or be offered a coauthor to assist with summarizing or adding links to relevant research. In addition, all submissions are reviewed by subject matter experts to assess for validity of evidence-based claims.

To inquire about contributing a guest post, email HousingMatters@urban.org with the blog post idea and the major points it would cover.

Research

We summarize and share key findings from rigorous research on the connections between housing and well-being, the value of access to affordable quality housing, and inequities in housing and neighborhood opportunities and outcomes. Research summaries are typically published within one calendar year of their publication; however, we occasionally publish summaries of older works of importance to the site’s core topic areas.

When selecting research to summarize, we emphasize peer-reviewed research published in academic journals or lengthy, publicly funded program evaluation reports because these sources may be otherwise inaccessible to many mission-driven organizations, advocates, and policymakers. We also occasionally summarize findings from noteworthy working papers or reports from rigorous nonpartisan research organizations. We usually select US-based studies, but non-US studies with findings relevant to housing policy and practice in the US are also eligible for inclusion.

Publication on Housing Matters does not constitute an endorsement of the findings or research methodology. Summaries typically provide brief methodological information to allow readers to make their own judgments about whether and how to use this information to inform decisionmaking or further research.

Authors of the research summarized on Housing Matters may have affiliations with any academic or nonacademic research organization or may be unaffiliated researchers. Research by Urban Institute staff or funders must adhere to the same quality and content standards as independent work.

Full-text links may send readers to free download options, subscription-based journals, or book publication information. For those unable to access the works through organizational subscriptions, we recommend seeking the assistance of a librarian or contacting the author to inquire about full-text access. Authors have advance access to the research summaries to improve quality control and prevent factual errors.

News roundup

Each news roundup summarizes a selection of articles related to housing quality and affordability, subsidy programs, homelessness, neighborhood change, and partnerships between housing and other sectors or policy domains. Sources include mainstream US print publications, web versions of major broadcast media sources, online journalism from reputable sources, and periodic regional or local news from around the US.

The editorial staff bear sole responsibility for the selection of news and determination of whether an opinion piece merits inclusion in the roundup.

Events

Organizations whose work relates to the goals of Housing Matters may submit event information for sharing through the website. Eligible events include webinars, webcasts, trainings, forums, and conferences. Events may be hosted online or in person and may be free or fee based. We do not share political event information.