It’s no secret that our housing systems are fundamentally unequal. These unequal systems didn’t just emerge from natural economic and social forces. Public policies enacted by federal, state, and local governments helped create and reinforce the bad housing outcomes endured by too many people.

In Fixer-Upper, Jenny Schuetz assesses how the broad set of local, state, and national housing policies affect people and communities. She proposes practical policy changes that can make stable, decent-quality housing more available and affordable for all Americans in all communities.

On Wednesday, August 17th 12-1pm PT, we’ll have a conversation with author Jenny Schuetz about her book and how we can build political coalitions among diverse groups that share common interests in putting better housing within reach for more Americans, building a more equitable and healthy country. Join us for an intimate conversation between Schuetz and Catherine Bracy, CEO and Co-Founder of TechEquity.

We recommend picking up the book from your favorite local bookstore; you can find its availability in your area on IndieBound.

As always with our book club series, you don’t have to read the book to join! If you’re looking for a brief primer on the topic before the event, we recommend this Slate interview with Schuetz on the path out of our housing crisis.


  • Webinar kicks off at 12:00 PM
  • Panel discussion begins at 12:05 PM
  • Q&A from attendees from 12:40-1:00 PM

About Jenny Schuetz

Jenny Schuetz is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro, and is an expert in urban economics and housing policy. Dr. Schuetz has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on land use regulation, housing prices, urban amenities, and neighborhood change. Dr. Schuetz has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the PBS NewsHour, The Indicator podcast, Vox, and Slate.

This webinar is hosted on Zoom; register for free to get access to the webinar link. We can’t wait to see you there!

August 17th
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Online Event