Stephanie Casey Pierce
Broadly, I am interested in how social and economic outcomes are impacted by policy design, politics, implementation and management. Substantively, my research focuses on the implementation and evaluation of housing policies and programs. My current program of research explores housing insecurity at the household and neighborhood levels, including evictions and homelessness for renters and mortgage default and foreclosures for homeowners. My dissertation investigates the relationship between residential evictions and homelessness with a focus on structural causes of eviction, including the availability and accessibility of nonprofit and government interventions and the risk of homelessness and recidivism after eviction for individuals with histories of incarcerations. My scholarly work builds upon my experience working as a manager at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). For instance, my recent publication in Children and Youth Services Review, which examines short-term outcomes of homeless youth who participated in a youth-centered transitional housing program, stems from an evaluation of the program I began while working at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). At OHFA, I also was the Director of the Office of Homeownership Preservation, which administered Ohio’s Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) foreclosure prevention program. After working on the HHF program from inception to implementation through wind-down, I am now coauthoring two papers that investigate the loan performance and employment outcomes of the HHF program as a research analyst working with Dr. Stephanie Moulton,
In addition to my work on housing instability, I am coauthoring a paper that explores criminal recidivism as it relates to race, housing access and stability, and neighborhoods. I also enjoy engaging in applied research, working with members of the community to use research methods to solve policy problems. I currently volunteer with the Franklin County Prevent Family Homelessness Collaborative, leading the team’s data and evaluation work to develop a risk-assessment screening tool and a new, integrated service delivery system that aims to reduce family homelessness.
My primary research interests focus on the living environments for economically and socially vulnerable populations, drawing from the fields of architecture design, urban planning and public affairs. The design and implementation of affordable housing policy can be significant for housing equity. Methodologically, I am interested in policy modeling and analysis, public informatics, and Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for policy analysis and public informatics.