Brendan Goodwin

2009 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2009

Graduate Degree:Tufts University
Undergraduate Degree:Xavier Univesity
Areas of interest:Housing
Mentor:Amy Dain, Consultant
Agency:Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development|
Supervisor:Amy Schectman, Associate Director, Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance
Project description:Brendan Goodwin worked at the Department of Housing and Community Development on a project to strengthen the State’s public housing program by exploring an opportunity to federalize state-assisted public housing developments using funds from the stimulus bill. The department is now working with housing authorities to implement this strategy, which may preserve thousands of units of public housing in Massachusetts while saving the State significant resources that can then be used to better sustain the remaining portfolio by providing housing authorities with higher operating and capital funds.

Brendan says that besides an invaluable work experience, he has gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for the role of policymakers in our society and how a single policy can have enormous implications and reach to great numbers of people. In working with and observing top policy makers in state government, the fellowship has given him the opportunity to better understand the detailed process of crafting and implementing important and beneficial policies.