New America Announces New Partnership to Study Property Insecurity and Loss in the United States

Press Release
New America / Gabriella Demczuk
Feb. 12, 2020

Washington, D.C.—New America’s Future of Property Rights Program is pleased to announce a new partnership with DataKind, the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at Arizona State University, Wake Forest University School of Law, the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility at Winston-Salem State University, and New America Local to form the Property Loss in America project. With the generous support of Omidyar Network and with technical support from The Rockefeller Foundation, this project will visualize the scale and breadth of housing instability and displacement across the United States, and tell the stories of communities impacted by this loss.

Millions of Americans experience housing loss each year, compounding socioeconomic inequality and hindering community resilience. New America’s new strategic partnership will map home and land loss across the country, and conduct on-the-ground research on this issue in Arizona, Indiana, and North Carolina. By explaining the mechanisms of displacement, the partnership will strive to elevate this multifaceted problem and provide resources to local policymakers to develop and advocate for solutions.

“Too many Americans face housing insecurity and home loss every day," said New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter. "I am pleased to announce the nationwide partnership of the Property Loss in America project. New America is dedicated to listening to people in communities across the country and searching for powerful ideas to solve public problems. By visualizing the extent of property insecurity and loss across America and telling the stories of those affected, this project is an important step toward positive policy change.”

“Property loss is one of the most pervasive challenges in the United States, and yet little is known about how and why people lose their property, and what the impacts are,” said Yuliya Panfil, senior fellow and director of New America’s Future of Property Rights Program. “Together with DataKind and our university partners, we will strengthen the movement around solving the problem of housing instability and loss.”

About New America

New America is dedicated to renewing the promise of America, bringing us closer to our nation’s highest ideals. We’re a different kind of think tank: one dedicated to public problem solving. Our team of visionary researchers, changemakers, technologists, and storytellers study and seize the opportunities presented by dramatic social and technological change. We search for powerful ideas, wherever they are, and collaborate with civic innovators around the country to develop evidence-based solutions.

About the Future of Property Rights Program

The Future of Property Rights Program at New America aims to help solve today’s property rights challenges, both at home and abroad. Through our research, writing, and convening, we strive to connect new constituencies and shed light on underreported issues in the property rights space.