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The state of the Capital Region’s housing

May 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Across the National Capital Region, housing affordability is a growing concern. Between 2010 and 2017, the region added almost twice as many people as housing units. This dwindling housing supply relative to population is a substantial concern for the economic vitality of the region. Where will the Capital Region’s growing population live? How can policy yield housing that is affordable to people of all incomes?

On May 20, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and George Washington University’s Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS) will co-host an event to discuss housing growth and affordability in the Capital Region. The event will start with the presentation of a new report by CWAS Director Leah Brooks. An expert panel will discuss what local governments, developers, and affordable housing advocates can do to make sure the region meets the housing needs of all its residents.

Following the panel discussion, speakers will take questions from the audience.


Jenny Schuetz, David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution


Leah Brooks, Director, Center for Washington Area Studies, The George Washington University


Brian J. McCabe, Associate Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University

Panel discussion

Moderator: Ally Schweitzer, Reporter, Business and Development, WAMU 88.5
Sarah Coyle Etro, Assistant Director, Loudoun County Department of Family Services
A.J. Jackson, Executive Vice President, Social Impact Investing, JBG Smith
Andrew Jakabovics, Vice President, Policy Development, Enterprise Community Partners

Closing remarks

Jaclene Begley, Economist, Fannie Mae


The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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