In January 2004, MAT's report Rethinking Local Affordable Housing Strategies was featured in the Baltimore Sun, and she appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, commenting on racial discrimination in Baltimore public housing.
In September 2003, MAT's report Housing in the Nation's Capital 2003 was published by the Fannie Mae Foundation.
On July 17, 2003, MAT testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, Committee on Financial Services, on the Bush Administration's porposal to convert the Housing Choice Voucher Program into a state block grant.
On August 11, 2002, MAT published Giving Gentrification a Good Name; Throw Money at the Problem. Just Aim in the Right Direction in the Washington Post.
In August 2002, MAT's report Housing in the Nation's Capital 2002 was published by the Fannie Mae Foundation.
In January 1998, MAT became Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Community Policy Center at The Urban Institute.
On Sunday, May 18, 1997, MAT published A LOOK AT ... Segregation and Poverty: Segregation by The Numbers, a Washington Post OpEd which concluded that "conventional wisdom is wrong ... in the Washington metropolitan area, white and Hispanic poor people are widely scattered throughout the region's suburban neighborhoods, while many poor African Americans are living in highly concentrated pockets of poverty in the inner city."
The research for the Post piece is reported in detail in the Urban Institute report Poor People and Poor Neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan Region.
In October 1996, MAT returned to the Urban Institute as a Principal Research Associate in the executive office of research, where focused her research on interdisciplinary approaches to metropolitan problems of poverty and discrimination.
From 1993 through 1996, MAT was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was one of the principal authors of the Clinton Administration's 1995 National Urban Policy.
From 1976 through 1993 MAT was a researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where she eventually served as Director of Housing Research. In 1990, she published Housing Market Impacts of Rent Control: the Washington, DC Experience, a study which concluded "there are indeed imperfections that make rent control a legitimate public sector intervention."
In 1992, MAT published Patterns of Racial Steering in Four Metropolitan Areas, a Journal of Housing Economics article, which found that in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta, "black homebuyers who are shown and recommended addresses are likely to be steered to neighborhoods that are lower percentage white and less affluent than those shown and recommended to comparable white homebuyers."
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