Since 2014, RSF has made 27 housing-related grants totaling about $2 million in funding. Nine of the 27 grants were Pipeline Grants, funded in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Interest in the topic has increased in recent years; 15 of the 27 awards were funded in the last two years. This reflects, in part, interest in the federal eviction moratoria and concerns about housing insecurity in the wake of the pandemic. Nine grants totaling an additional $800,000 were made for projects where housing was not the central focus but which include a substantive housing-related focus.
Grantees have examined topics such as disparities in evictions due to the pandemic; the impact of the COVID eviction moratoria and emergency rental assistance on housing stability; the extent to which state policies, including moratoria on foreclosures and evictions, offset some of the pandemic’s negative effects on the financial wellbeing of disadvantaged communities; how mobility patterns vary across cities post-pandemic; how housing costs affect laid off workers’ willingness to relocate; and the extent to which family receipt of housing subsidies reduces the negative effects of poverty on children’s brain development.