This policy focus area prepares students for careers working with urban communities to expand access to affordable housing, good jobs, health care, education, and other economic and social needs. Students can choose to focus on housing or community and economic development. Students interested in housing study the roles of local, state and national policy in creating affordable housing, and learn to use the tools of real estate development and finance to promote affordable housing. Students interested in community and economic development focus on methods of neighborhood planning, community organizing, public participation, community and economic analysis, and urban social policy. Graduates are prepared to work for local, state and national government agencies, community organizations, research and consulting firms, private residential housing developers, and social service agencies.