Grady’s research focuses primarily on measures of housing affordability and the provision of affordable housing resources. Further, Grady’s dissertation focused on public policy impacts of local government structures within metropolitan regions. Grady’s core innovation is the operationalization of “shelter poverty,” pioneered by the late Michael Stone, as a means of more holistically evaluating housing cost burden than the standard 30 percent of income threshold. In his current role, Grady serves as an expert on housing conditions in South Carolina and advises his colleagues at SC Housing on policy development. He and his recent Housing Needs Assessment were cited in front page articles in the Charleston Post and Courier and Spartanburg Herald-Journal, as well as on Columbia’s WLTX-TV.
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Finds qualified allocation plans, which are devised by states to award competitive Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, can be used in a number of ways to encourage the development of communities that promote diversity of incomes, races, and other groups and advance creative and innovative policy agendas.
Uses a more holistic approach for evaluating housing affordability. Finds that standard approaches underestimate economic burdens and the degree to which they are geographically distributed. Finds standard approaches also underestimates the average "affordability gap" for Ohio renters by a factor of four.
Evaluates a transitional housing program for young adults. Finds that the majority of youth had improved education and/or employment outcomes, youth who stayed more than 12 months had improved outcomes, and youth with reported substance use, chronic illness, and certain behavioral disorders were less likely to achieve outcomes of interest.
Explores the nature, measurement, and impacts of local government structures through quantitative analysis. Finds that more fragmented regions (i.e., a higher number of governments per capita or more diffuse public spending) are associated with higher levels of residential segregation of Black/African American individuals.