Hannah Thomas

2007 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2007
Graduate Degree:Brandeis University
Undergraduate Degree:St. John's College, University of Cambridge
Areas of interest:Consumer credit regulation and community development
Agency:Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston
Supervisor:William Cotter, Deputy Director of Homebuyer Services and Robert Gehret, Deputy Director, Policy Development and Research Division
Project Description:Hannah worked with the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development's Foreclosure Prevention Program to research why families in Boston are getting into foreclosure. Her work included doing data collection from a variety of sources including interviews with families entering the foreclosure prevention program, analysis of City of Boston databases, and other available data sources to assess the variety of reasons for the current increase in foreclosures in Boston neighborhoods. She worked closely with Bill Cotter, who heads up the homeownership programs at the City, and Bob Gehret, Director of Research at the Department of Neighborhood Development.