Kirk McClure attended the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) which met in San Antonio over the spring break. The UAA conference draws academics from many fields--geography, planning, sociology, economics and political science—who focus on urban issues within their fields. For the first time in many years, McClure did not present a paper, but he used the time to listen to many papers being presented.
The UAA conference also provides the opportunity to meet with other academics who are working on similar issues. McClure’s work in affordable housing fits well with the work of many of the scholars who presented papers at the conference. In particular, McClure met with two colleagues - Professors Alex Schwartz and Michael Lens - with whom he is preparing research for publication and presentation at future conferences. These research projects look at the linkages between the nation’s largest rental assistance program, the Housing Choice Voucher program, and how participating households are able to find apartments given zoning constraints, employment limitations and the changing profile of rental markets after the housing bubble.