Rebecca J. Walter

Rebecca J. Walter

Assistant Professor

Rebecca J. Walter joined the University of Washington in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Real Estate. Her primary area of research is assisted housing and her focus is on expanding affordable housing opportunities for low-income households and building safer communities in distressed neighborhoods. She evaluates the policies and outcomes of the two largest federal assisted housing rental programs in the United States (the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the Housing Choice Voucher program). Dr. Walter’s research also aims to bridge the gap between housing and criminal justice by addressing barriers to housing during the reentry process, examining the extent to which criminal histories predict housing success, and identifying property factors for both multifamily rental housing and commercial real estate that create the safest neighborhoods.

Dr. Walter has over ten years of experience as a practitioner in the housing field, and prior to joining academia, was the Director of Education, Research, and Grants at the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale. She also worked as a project manager at the Urban Land Institute where she coordinated policy initiatives to remove regulatory barriers restricting the production of workforce housing in three metropolitan regions. Dr. Walter received her Ph.D. in Geosciences, with a specialization in Urban Geography, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nevada – Reno. Dr. Walter is a National Development Council Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and Certified Planner (AICP).

Qualifications

PhD Geosciences (Urban Geography), Florida Atlantic University, 2012
Master in Urban & Regional Planning (Economic Development), Florida Atlantic University, 2008
BS Economics, University of New Hampshire, 2004
BA Psychology, University of Nevada-Reno, 2003

Current Teaching

  • Housing Policy (MSRE)
  • Advanced Real Estate Economics & Market Analysis (MSRE)
  • Real Estate Data Modeling (undergraduate)

Research

Journal Papers

“Examining Neighborhood Opportunity and Locational Outcomes for Housing Choice Voucher Recipients: A Comparative Study between Duval County, Florida and Bexar County, Texas”, (with Ruoniu Wang, A.Arafat, A.Naji & D.Yuesong), City & Community, 16:4, 421-446.

“Tracking Mobility in the Housing Choice Voucher Program: A Household Level Examination in the State of Florida, USA”, (with Ruoniu Wang), Housing Studies, 2017.

“A Research Note: The Housing Choice Voucher Program and Access to Opportunity in Florida’s Nonmetropolitan Areas”, (with Ruoniu Wang), Cityscape, 2017, 19:2, 239-254.

“Historic Roots of Modern Residential Segregation in a Southwestern Metropolis”, (with Nathan Foote, Hilton A. Cordoba & Corey Sparks), Urban Science, 2017, 1(2), 1-19.

“Comparing Opportunity Metrics and Locational Outcomes in the Low‐Income Housing Tax Credit Program”, (with Ruoniu Wang & Sarah Jones), Journal of Planning Education and Research, 2017.

“One Strike to Second Chances: Using Criminal Backgrounds in Admission Decisions for Assisted Housing”, (with Jill Viglione & Marie Skubak Tilyer), Housing Policy Debate, 2017, 27:5, 734-750.

“San Antonio 360: The Rise and Decline of the Concentric City 1890‐2010”, (with Ian Caine & Nathan Foote), Sustainability, 2017, 9:4, 1-16.

“Neighborhood and Socioeconomic Change in Emerging Megapolitan Nodes: Tracking Shifting Social Geographies in Three Rapidly Growing United States Metropolitan Areas, 1980‐2010”, (with Nathan Foote), Urban Geography, 2016, 38:8, 1203-1230..

“Measuring the Spatial Pattern of Ethnic Groups in San Antonio’s Eastside: A Spatial Analysis Approach with the Colocation Quotient”, (with Hilton Cordoba), Papers in Applied Geography, 2016, 2:2, 160‐177.

“Searching for Affordability and Opportunity: A Framework for the Housing Choice Voucher Program”, (with Ruoniu Wang), Housing Policy Debate, 2016, 6:4‐5, 670‐691.

“Revived and Discouraged: Evaluating Employment Barriers for Section 3 Residents with Criminal Records”, (with Michael Caudy & James Ray), Housing Policy Debate, 2016, 26:2, 398-415.

“Moving to Opportunity? An Examination of Housing Choice Vouchers on Urban Poverty Deconcentration in South Florida”, (with Yanmei Li & Serge Atherwood), Housing Studies, 2015, 30:7, 1064-1091.

“Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis for Vulnerable Renters: Insights from South Florida on an Affordable Housing Acquisition Tool”, (with Aaron Evans & Serge Atherwood), Housing Policy Debate, 2015, 26:1, 123-149.

“Single‐Family Housing Market Segmentation, Post‐Foreclosure Resale Duration, and Neighborhood Attributes”, (with Yanmei Li), Housing Policy Debate, 2013, 23:4, 643-665.

“Residential Selling Price Performance in and Next to Historic Districts: A Case Study of Savannah, Georgia”, (with Serge Atherwood & Russell Ivy), The Florida Geographer, 2012, 43, 48-63.

“Low‐Income Housing and Socioeconomic Change in Metropolitan America”, (with Serge Atherwood), Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 2012, 35, 90-97.