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New Werby Interns to Research Homelessness and Housing Stability


By the Center for Social Policy

Former Professor and Senior Fellow Elaine Werby

The late Elaine Werby, Professor and Center for Social Policy Senior Fellow

The Center for Social Policy is pleased to welcome Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs PhD Students Vishakha Agarwal and Jason Wright as our summer 2017 Werby Interns.

The interns will engage in a directed work assignment or conduct an independent research project closely related to a Center for Social Policy priority area. Vishakha and Jason will be conducting research for our On Solid Ground project, which aims to improve housing stability and economic mobility for low income families.

Named in honor of long-time Center for Social Policy senior research fellow and housing policy expert Elaine Werby, the internship offers a $2,500 award to two undergraduate or graduate students from any academic discipline at UMass Boston who wish to gain research and evaluation experience related to the eradication of poverty, especially in Massachusetts, New England, and the United States.


The Center for Social Policy (CSP) is based at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. CSP is a research and evaluation center for policy makers, funders, and business leaders that researches the root causes of economic hardship and examines the impact of public policies and employment practices in order to boost economic well-being.  The center’s team brings with them a wealth of community and workforce development experience.

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