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Four new papers posted!

Stochastic Models for Strategic Resource Allocation in Nonprofit Foreclosed Housing Acquisitions by Armagan Bayram, Senay Solak, and Michael P. Johnson

Reconstructing Neighborhoods: Case Studies in Foreclosed Housing Acquisition and Redevelopment in Distressed Urban Communities by David Turcotte, Michael P. Johnson, Emily Vidrine, Rachel Bogardus Drew, and Felicia Sullivan

Values Structuring and Strategy Design for Housing and Community Development by Jeff Keisler, David Turcotte, Rachel Drew and Michael Johnson (main paper; electronic supplement)

Property Value Impacts of Foreclosed Housing Acquisitions under Uncertainty by Michael Johnson, Senay Solak, Rachel Drew and Jeff Keisler

One dissertation completed!

Armagan Bayram, "Stochastic Dynamic Optimization Models for Societal Resource Allocation" (Senay Solak, dissertation committee chair; Michael Johnson, committee member)

Decision Models for Foreclosed Housing Acquisition and Redevelopment

Project Description

The recent housing foreclosure crisis has had devastating impacts on individuals, communities, organizations and government. In response, several community development corporations (CDCs) have sought new ways to assist neighborhoods suffering from the myriad effects of high foreclosures, including neighborhood instability, increased vandalism and crime, lower property values, and economic disinvestment. This research project is particularly interested in the activities of community-based organizations that acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties to support neighborhood stabilization and revitalization. However, the costs of pursuing this strategy far exceed the resources available to typical CDCs. Thus, this project seeks to solve the following decision problem: What subset of a large number of available foreclosed properties should be acquired for neighborhood stabilization and revitalization? What activities should be pursued with which properties, when should they be pursued, and to what degree? The decision models we intend to develop will yield acquisition policies that are more efficient, effective, and equitable for CDCs and their community residents. Our goal is to develop theory, models and methods that benefit from the knowledge of practitioners while providing practitioners with novel tools and perspectives that enable them to better achieve their organizations’ missions.

Our project received funding from the National Science Foundation for August 2010 - July 2012. We have received two one-year no-cost extensions, through July 2014. During this time, we continue to collect & analyze data and write research products related to our project's mission.


Principal Investigators:

Research Assistants:

  • Armagan Bayram, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Rachel Bogardus Drew, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Emily Vidrine, University of Massachusetts Lowell
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