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Jennifer Erb-Downward

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Jennifer Erb-Downward

Director of Housing Stability Programs and Policy Initiatives

Jennifer Erb-Downward joined Poverty Solutions from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness in New York. There she was the principal policy analyst for initiatives aimed at bringing awareness to family homelessness and for framing the city’s policy agenda on this issue. Erb-Downward has extensive experience in policy analysis, program implementation, and best practice research around family homelessness, behavioral health, chronic illness, and the reduction of health disparities. She has been involved in the development of novel research programs in mental health and cancer prevention, and she is passionate about addressing child homelessness here in Michigan, where she grew up. Erb-Downward holds a master’s degree in public health from New York University and works as a senior research associate with Poverty Solutions, developing new projects and proposals related to family homelessness. She also oversees several other research projects and assists with the analysis and translation of research findings to inform local, state, and federal policy recommendations.


Homelessness Agenda

Poverty Solutions supports several projects that aim to promote a better understanding of the causes and consequences of homelessness and identify potential points of intervention.

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