Urban Institute

Urban Institute

The Policies for Action Research Hub at the Urban Institute currently focuses on housing and food sector policies; state fiscal and income-related policies; and the impact of the opioid epidemic and children. For housing and food, the Urban Institute assesses how federal housing assistance programs, joint housing and health interventions, and food assistance policies can promote health and foster cross-sector collaborations to improve health and well-being. The Hub’s income-related work observes how the earned income tax credit (EITC) and minimum wage policies affect the health of children and parents. Finally, the Urban Institute Hub examines the impact of the opioid epidemic on children, their families, and on child-serving systems (early childhood education, schools, child welfare, etc.). This project will narrow down some of the most critical dimensions, urgent challenges, and important nuances for policymakers and others, drawing on a review of the existing literature and a deeper dive into two states at the forefront of the opioid epidemic.