Tufts University


   Rachel G. Bratt
         Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning





Keynote Addresses and Plenary Session Speaker

Professional and Consulting Work


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Books and Thesis    

A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda, with Michael E. Stone and Chester Hartman, eds., Temple University Press, 2006.  

Rebuilding a Low-Income Housing Policy. Temple University Press, 1989.

Critical Perspectives on Housing, with Chester Hartman and Ann Meyerson, eds., Temple University Press, 1986.

Federal Homeownership Policy and Home Finance: A Study of Program Operations and Impacts on the Consumer, Ph.D. Dissertation, M.I.T., 1976.

Academic Journal Articles    

“The Quadruple Bottom Line and Nonprofit Housing Organizations in the United States.” Housing Studies, Vol. 27, No. 4, 2012, pp. 438-456.


“Challenges for Nonprofit Housing Organizations Created by the Private Housing Market.” Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2009, pp. 67-94.


“Nonprofit and For-Profit Developers of Subsidized Rental Housing: Comparative Attributes and Collaborative Opportunities.” Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2008, pp. 323-365. 


“Viewing Housing Holistically: The Resident-Focused Component of the Housing-Plus Agenda.” Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 74, No. 1, 2008, pp. 100-110.    


“Challenges and Dilemmas Facing Community Development Corporations in the U.S.” (with William M. Rohe). Community Development Journal, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2007, pp. 63-78. 


Comment on “Does Mobility Matter?  An Analysis of Housing Voucher Holders’ Neighborhood Conditions by Race and Ethnicity” by Victoria Basolo and Mai Nguyen. Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 16, No. 3-4, 2005, pp. 335-345.

“Organizational Changes Among CDCs: Assessing the Impacts and Anticipating and Navigating the Challenges.” (with William M. Rohe). Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2004, pp. 197-220.  

“Failures, Downsizings and Mergers Among Community Development Corporations.” (with William M. Rohe). Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 14, No. 1-2, 2003, pp. 1-46.

“Housing for Very Low-Income Households: The Record of President Clinton, 1993-2000.” Housing Studies, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2003, pp. 607-635.

“Housing and Family Well-Being.” Housing Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2002, pp. 13-26.

“Challenges Confronting Nonprofit Housing Organizations's Self-Sufficiency Programs,” (with Langley C. Keyes). Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1998, pp. 795-824.

“The Status of Nonprofit Owned Affordable Housing: Short-Term Successes and Long-Term Challenges,” (with Avis C. Vidal, Alex Schwartz, Langley C. Keyes and Jim Stockard). Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 64, No. 1, 1998, pp. 39-51.

“CDCs: Contributions Outweigh Contradictions--A Reply to Randy Stoecker.” Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1997, pp. 23-28.

“The Management Challenge: Nonprofit Housing Organizations and their Institutional Support System,” (with Alex Schwartz, Avis C. Vidal and Langley C. Keyes). Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 18, No. 4, 1996, pp. 389-407.

“Networks and Nonprofits: Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Federal Devolution,” (with Langley C. Keyes, Alex Schwartz and Avis C. Vidal). Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1996, pp. 201-229.

“Federal Housing Policy and HUD: Past Problems and Future Prospects of a Beleaguered Bureaucracy,” (with W. Dennis Keating). Urban Affairs Review (formerly Urban Affairs Quarterly), Vol. 29, No. 1, September 1993. pp. 3-27.

“Federal Constraints and Retrenchment in Housing: The Opportunities and Limits of State and Local Governments,” The Journal of Law and Politics, University of Virginia School of Law, Vol. VIII, No. 4, Summer 1992. pp. 651-701.

“Public Housing Authorities: Determining an Appropriate Role in a National Preservation Strategy.” Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1991, pp. 535-556.

“Dilemmas of Community-Based Housing.” Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, Winter 1987-88. pp. 324-334.

“Private Owners of Subsidized Housing vs. Public Goals: Conflicting Interests in Resyndication.” Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 53, No. 3, Summer 1987. pp. 328-336.

“Community-Based Housing Programs: Overview, Assessment, and Agenda for the Future.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring 1986. pp. 164-177.

“The Neighborhood Movement: A Blip on the Landscape or a Blueprint for Action?” Community Development Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, April 1985. pp. 80-88.

“Housing for Low Income People: A Preliminary Comparison of Existing and Potential Supply Strategies.” Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 7, No. 3, Summer 1985. pp. 1-18.

“Local Land Policy Overrides: When Are They Appropriate?” with Kenneth Geiser. Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 12, No. 3, March 1984. pp. 499-508.

“Barred in Boston: Racial Discrimination in Housing,” with Judith D. Feins. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 49, No. 3, Summer 1983. pp. 344-355.

Book Chapters (selected)    

“Beyond the Ladder: New Ideas about Resident Roles in

Contemporary Community Development in the U.S.” (with

Kenneth M. Reardon). Naomi Carmon and Susan F. Fainstein, eds.

Planning as if People Mattered. University of Pennsylvania Press

Press (in press).


“Homeownership as Public Policy in the U.S.”  Richard Ronald

and Marja Elsinga, eds., Beyond Home Ownership: Housing,

Welfare and Society. Routledge, 2012, pp. 130-145, 217.


“Homeownership Risk and Responsibility Before and After the

U.S. Mortgage Crisis.” Richard Ronald and Marja Elsinga, eds.,

Beyond Home Ownership: Housing, Welfare and Society. Routledge, 2012, pp. 146-169, 218.


“Promoting Housing Affordability.” Gary Hack, Eugénie L. Birch, Paul H. Sedway, and Mitchell J. Silver, eds. Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice. An ICMA Greenbook, 2009, pp. 377-385. 


“Financing Production of Low and Moderate-Income Housing.” Julia Sass Rubin, ed., Community Development Finance. Russell Sage Foundation, 2007, pp. 183-226.


“Housing for Low-Income Households: A Comparison of the Section 235, Nehemiah and Habitat for Humanity Programs.” William M. Rohe and Harry L. Watson, eds., Chasing the American Dream: New Perspectives on Affordable Homeownership.” Cornell University Press, 2007, pp. 41-65.


“Community Development Corporations: Challenges in Supporting a Right to Housing.” Rachel G. Bratt, Michael E. Stone and Chester Hartman, eds., A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda. Temple University Press, 2006, pp. 340-359.


“Housing and Economic Security.” Rachel G. Bratt, Michael E. Stone and Chester Hartman, eds., A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda. Temple University Press, 2006, pp. 399-426.


“Housing: The Foundation of Family Life.” Francine Jacobs, Donald Wertlieb, and Richard M. Lerner, eds., Handbook of Applied Developmental Science: Promoting Positive Child, Adolescent, and Family Development Through Research, Policies, and Programs. Vol. 2, Enhancing the Life Chances of Youth and Families. Sage Publications, Inc. 2003. pp. 445-468.


“From BURP to BHP to DEMO-DISPO: Lessons from Affordable Multifamily Housing Rehabilitation Initiatives in Boston.” Willem van Vliet--,ed., Affordable Housing and Urban Development in the United States. Sage Publications, 1997, pp. 27-51.

“Community-Based Housing Organizations and the Complexity of Community Responsiveness.” W. Dennis Keating, Norman Krumholz and Philip Star, eds., Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods. University Press of Kansas, 1996, pp. 179-190.

“Community-Based Housing: Strengths of the Strategy amid Dilemmas That Won't Go Away.” John Emmeus Davis, ed., The Affordable City, Temple University Press, 1994, pp. 122-144.

“Community-Based Housing in Massachusetts: Lessons and Limits of the State’s Support System.” Chester Hartman and Sara Rosenberry, eds. Housing Issues of the 90s, Praeger Publishers, 1989. pp. 277-306.

“The Role of Citizen-Initiated Programs in the Formulation of National Housing Policies.” Jack DeSario and Stuart Langton, eds. Citizen Participation in Public Decision Making, Greenwood Press, 1987. pp. 153-176.

“Public Housing: The Controversy and Contribution.” In Critical Perspectives on Housing, Bratt, Hartman, and Meyerson, eds. Temple University Press, 1986. pp. 335-361.

Other Articles (selected)    

“Defending Progressive State Housing and Land Use Reforms: Lessons from Three State” (with Dennis Keating and Alan Mallach). Shelterforce. Summer 2012, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2.


Fears of Affordable Housing: Perceptions vs. Reality” (with Alexandra DeGenova, Brendan   Goodwin, Shannon Moriarty, and Jeremy Robitaille). Shelterforce. Summer 2012, Vol. XXIV, No. 2.   


Entry for the “International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, “Social Housing in the United States: Overview.”  Susan J. Smith, Marja Elsinga, Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Ong Seow Eng, Susan Wachter, Peter M. Ward, eds., Oxford: Elsevier; 2012, Vol. 6,  pp. 416 - 425.


“The Road to PETRA.” Shelterforce. Summer 2010, Vol. XXXII, No. 2. pp. 10-11.


“The Impact of Affordable Housing on Property Values: A Review of Key Studies.” Housing Journal. Delaware Housing Coalition, Spring 2010, pp. 44-45.


“Fixing the Homeowner Default Trap.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed.  February 28, 2010.


“Partnerships, Policies and People: Promoting Affordable Housing for Lower Income Households—Observations from the US.” HousingWORKS. Australian Housing Institute, Vol. 6, No. 2, May 2008, pp. 12-16.


“Americans Deserve a Right to Housing.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed.  March 13, 2007.


“Why CDCs Should Advocate for a Right to Housing.” Shelterforce, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4. Winter, 2006. pp. 15-17, 45.


“A Right to Housing Redux,” Journal of Housing and Community Development, Vol. 61, No. 4. November-December 2004, pp. 6-9.


“The CDC School of Hard Knocks: Learning from Adversity.” (with William M. Rohe and Protip Biswas). Shelterforce. Vol. XXV, No. 3, May/June 2003, pp. 8-11.

“Bold Steps Needed for Low-Income Housing,” (with Langley C. Keyes). The Boston Globe. Op-Ed. July 5, 2003.

“The Real Story on Housing.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed. September 16, 2002.

“The Housing Drought No One is Talking About.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed. March 12, 2000.

“A Crash Course in Welfare Reform.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed. July 2, 1998.

“Why Investors are Eying Our Inner Cities.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed, January 24, 1997.

“A Withering Commitment: Housing Policy in America.” Shelterforce. Vol. XIX, No. 4. July/August 1997, pp. 8-9.

“Clear MHFA for Takeoff.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed, January 10, 1995.

“Ten Difficult Years for Low and Moderate Income Renters.” Banker and Tradesman. January 18, 1995.

“Abolish HUD?” Shelterforce, Vol. XVII, No. 3. May/June 1995, p. 10.

“U.S. Housing Efforts Bar the Door to the Neediest.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed, May 9, 1994.

 “Mutual Housing: Community-Based Empowerment,” Journal of Housing, Vol. 48, No. 4. July-August 1991, pp. 173-180.

“Massachusetts Is Setting An Example With Public Housing Program.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed, March 30, 1986.

“The Housing Payments Program: Its Possible Effects on Minorities, Poor.” Journal of Housing, Vol. 40, No. 4, July-August 1983. pp. 108-110.

“Reagan Housing Subsidies for the Rich, But There’s Little for the Poor.” The Boston Globe. Op-Ed, February 24, 1982.

Reports (selected)   

Overcoming Restrictive Zoning for Affordable Housing in Five

States: Observations for Massachusetts. 2012. Under contract to the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. Boston, MA. http://www.chapa.org/sites/default/files/Bratt-OvercomingRestrictiveZoningpdf.pdf


Community Development Corporations and Other Nonprofit Housing Organizations: Challenges Presented by the Private Housing Market. 2006. Under contract to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Cambridge, MA. http://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/workingpapers.asp


Housing Plus: Strategies, Challenges and Potential of Programs Provided by Members of the Housing Partnership Network. 2006. Under contract to the Housing Partnership Network. Boston, MA.


Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development—25 Years of Meeting the Needs of Low-Income Women and Families. 2006. Under contract to the Women’s Institute of Housing and Economic Development. Boston, MA.

The 1965 Massachusetts Special Commission on Low-Income Housing: Looking Back, Looking Forward. 2003 (with Langley C. Keyes). Under contract to the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (Boston).

Evolving Challenges for CDCs: The Causes and Impacts of Failures, Downsizings and Mergers. 2003 (with William M. Rohe and Protip Biswas). Under contract to the Fannie Mae Foundation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Reflections on Homelessness in America. 2000. Edited booklet of excerpts from papers based on students' off-campus work with the homeless.

New Perspectives on Self-Sufficiency: Strategies of Nonprofit Housing Organizations. Under contract to the Ford Foundation, (with Langley C. Keyes, 1997.

Housing, Family Well-Being and Self-Sufficiency. Prepared under contract to the Family Impact Seminar, 1995 (Washington, D.C.).

Confronting the Management Challenge: Affordable Housing in the Nonprofit Sector. Prepared under a New School for Social Research contract with the Ford Foundation and several community foundations (with Langley C. Keyes, Alex Schwartz and Avis C. Vidal), 1994 (New York City).

Role of HUD in Housing and Community Development Systems. Prepared under contract to the National Academy of Public Administration, as part of a HUD-funded evaluation, 1994 (Washington, D.C.).

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation-Sponsored Mutual Housing Associations: Experiences in Baltimore and New York. Prepared under contract to the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, 1990 (Washington, D.C.).

Final Report of a Study of Racial Discrimination in the Boston Housing Market (with Judith D. Feins and Robert Hollister). Prepared for the City of Boston, under contract to Abt Associates, 1981 (Cambridge, MA).

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