Bryan P. Grady

Labor Market Information Director, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

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About Bryan

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.


Why Housing Affordability Needs to be Reevaluated

In the News

Bryan P. Grady quoted on the demand for affordable housing in Georgetown by Demi Lawrence, "Georgetown Could Get Single-Family Subdivision, but Not ‘Affordable Housing,’ City Says " Georgetown Times, June 26, 2021.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on key findings from the 2021 South Carolina Housing Needs Assessment, " New Data Shows 1 in 60 K-12 SC Public School Students Do Not Have a Home" ABC 15 News, March 30, 2021.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on lower wage services workers who have been more impacted by business closings possibly facing eviction January 1st by Laurryn Thomas, "How Columbia Utility Companies Are Handling Shutoffs Five Months After Moratorium" The State, October 22, 2020.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on new program could be tested due to pandemics economic toll causing possible large scale end of year evictions by Chris Joseph, "Homeless No More Moving Emergency Shelter Families to Motels During Renovations" WIS News 10 TV, October 8, 2020.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on more people will likely lose their housing stability than at the peak of the 2008-2009 recession by Mike Ellis, "Eviction ‘Tsunami’ to Hit South Carolina, Worse Than 2008–09, Experts Say" Greenville News, September 1, 2020.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on clear issues in the relationship between housing and income by Mary Norkol, "In Horry County, There’s a ‘Substantial Disconnect’ Between What People Make, Can Afford" Myrtle Beach Online, August 22, 2020.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on South Carolina has the highest eviction rate in the United States, and a tidal wave of evictions has come with the COVID-19 pandemic by Tobie Perkins, "Facing Eviction? Need Help With Utilities? Answers for Those in the Tri-county Region" The Herald, August 12, 2020.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on once people have an eviction on their record, that substantially compromises their ability to find housing in the future by Phil McCausland, "Evictions in South Carolina Signal Housing Crisis for Renters Nationwide As Homelessness Looms" NBC News, August 10, 2020.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on weekly $600 federal unemployment benefit which will be running out might not be enough for some residents to cover the cost of rent by Rebecca Liebson, "As CARES Act Expires, SC Prepares for an ‘Avalanche of Eviction Filings’" The State, July 29, 2020.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on group hardest hit by eviction during current crisis are at the bottom of the ladder compared to last recession where it was across all economic strata by Lindsay Street, "Half of S.C. Renters at Risk for Eviction; State Action Unclear " Big Story News, July 24, 2020.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on state tax incentives increasing construction of low-income housing by Adam Benson, "More SC Low-Income Housing Could Get Built With State Tax Incentive Proposal" The Post and Courier, January 23, 2020.
"Researching Our State's Housing Needs," Bryan P. Grady, Interview with Mike Switzer, South Carolina Public Radio News, November 27, 2019.
Bryan P. Grady's research on added costs of unaffordable housing discussed by Adam Orr, "Affordable Housing Remains Out of Reach for Many in South Carolina," GoUpstate, September 15, 2019.
Bryan P. Grady quoted on hidden costs of housing unaffordability by Jared Brey, "Shortage of Affordable Housing Costs South Carolina $8 Billion a Year" Next City, August 29, 2019.
Interview on report on housing costs Bryan P. Grady, WLTX, August 29, 2019.
Bryan P. Grady's research on housing costs outpacing income discussed by David Slade, "A Third of SC Families Struggle to Afford Housing Despite Strong Economy, Study Finds," The Post and Courier, August 26, 2019.


"Qualified Allocation Plans as an Instrument of Mixed-Income Placemaking" (with Carlie J. Boos), in What Works to Promote Inclusive, Equitable Mixed-Income Communities, edited by Mark Joseph and Amy T. Khare (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 2019).

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.

"Shelter Poverty in Ohio: An Alternative Analysis of Rental Housing Affordability" Housing Policy Debate 29, no. 6 (2019): 977-989.

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.

"Daybreak in Dayton: Assessing Characteristics and Outcomes of Previously Homeless Youth Living in Transitional Housing" (with Stephanie Casey Pierce and Holly Holtzen). Children and Youth Services Review 88 (May 2018): 249-256.

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.

"Public Policy Impacts of Jurisdictional Fragmentation," 2017.

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.