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Scott's research focuses on the racial gap in homeownership rates and the need for affordable housing. Scott's overarching themes in writings include the intersection of racial inequity and economic inequality; the importance of advocating for more equitable housing and community development policies, especially at the local level, and; the impact as well as the limitations of civil society as a path for neighborhood revitalization. Scott helped found the Community Development Network of Maryland, and currently serves on the Covid Housing Preservation Coalition Steering Committee (Maryland) and Land Bank Task Force (Baltimore City).
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Explores the growing shortage of affordable housing in Iowa City and highlights the need to involve the private sector, in partnership with public and nonprofit agencies, to create more affordable rental and homeownership opportunities.
Summarizes the major elements of a landmark $25 billion national accord brought states attorneys general and federal officials with the five largest loan services over mortgage foreclosure fraud and unacceptable mortgage servicing practices.
Analyzes homeownership trends in Baltimore by neighborhood and race, reviews the current system for promoting homeownership, and identifies significant barriers. Finds that new incentives and loans would have an insufficient impact on homeownership rates in Baltimore, because they do not address the systemic racism that disadvantage Black households.
Quantifies the impact to Iowa's economy that result from money directly spent and wages directly paid by Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
Develops a three-tiered approach to understanding civil society in Africa by exploring: national-level politics; historical and cultural patterns affecting collective action, and local actors' actions and perceptions.