The Open Philanthropy Project granted $97,865 to the Urban Institute to support its work on housing supply constraints in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The Urban Institute is a think tank based in Washington, D.C. with a focus on poverty and urban issues. As part of our exploration of land use reform (which is a priority cause for us), we started a conversation with the Urban Institute to explore potential projects around easing constraints on the supply of housing.
After discussing several potential projects with Urban Institute staff, we decided to fund a research project and convening aimed at identifying policy changes that would allow more housing supply in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We see the convening as a way to generate new proposals and potential coalitions that we could perhaps eventually support, and as a relatively low-stakes pilot project that will let us learn more about working with the Urban Institute.