The Kreisman Initiative for Housing Law and Policy brings together multiple fields of inquiry – including policy, social services, business, law,  social and data sciences – to advance housing scholarship and generate new ideas about cities and housing.


The Kreisman Initiative is the only effort at the University of Chicago dedicated to housing scholarship and practice, with the mission of bringing Chicago ideas to bear on housing policy debates, policy making, and legal and business decision making through scholarly research, external engagement, and educational programming. The Initiative includes a graduate fellowship program that accommodates as many as ten scholars each year, as well as a robust series of convenings, bringing together housing thought leaders from academia, policy and industry. The Kreisman Initiative, which began in 2013, is housed in the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. The Initiative is made possible by substantial support from David Kreisman AB ‘60, JD ‘63, and his wife, Susan.