Experts by Expertise: Housing and Homelessness

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  • Portrait of Charlotte Lindqvist.

    Amanda Aykanian

    Assistant Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: homelessness, including how social policies and programs affect unhoused people; homeless service systems and workforce issues; social welfare history and policy; social service program implementation

    Phone: 716-645-1270


  • Head shot of Elizabeth Bowen.

    Elizabeth Bowen

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: homelessness, health issues affecting homeless populations, recovery from alcohol and other drug problems

    Phone: 716-645-1258


  • Portrait of Kelly Patterson, University at Buffalo housing and urban development expert.

    Kelly Patterson

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: social welfare policy; cannabis policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

    Phone: 716-645-1248


  • Head shot of Robert Silverman, University at Buffalo affordable housing and gentrification expert.

    Robert Silverman

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

    Expertise: shrinking cities, fair housing, affordable housing, gentrification, community development, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods

    Phone: 716-829-5882


  • Head shot of Korydon Smith, University at Buffalo faculty expert on inclusive design and refugee housing.

    Korydon Smith

    Professor and Chair of Architecture

    Expertise: diversity and social justice in planning and design; inclusive design; refugee housing and settlement planning

    Phone: 716-829-5908


  • Head shot of Henry-Louis Taylor Jr., University at Buffalo urban development and gentrification expert.

    Henry-Louis Taylor Jr.

    Director of the Center for Urban Studies

    Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

    Phone: 716-829-5458