S3E2: What We’re Talking About When We’re Talking About Affordable Housing

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What can two small cities in Maine and upstate New York teach us about the national housing crisis?

Phoenix and Prachi take the lessons from their field lab course into economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and reflect on how they came to be that way.

You can read more about the Innovation Field Lab here and about Prachi’s summer work with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative here.


Phoenix McLaughlin is a second-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School interested in the development of rural areas. He worked in civil society grantmaking at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. before volunteering in India with the Central Tibetan Administration and Students for a Free Tibet for the year prior to joining HKS. He graduated from Colorado College and originally hails from Maine.



 Prachi Naik is a former educator and Fulbright Scholar passionate about social justice, identity, and equity. She is completing a Master in Public Policy /Master in Business Administration dual degree at Harvard Kennedy School (’20) and University of Chicago Booth School of Business (’22) and plans to further her work in public education as an aspiring social entrepreneur.




Photo by Ramiz Dedaković on Unsplash