The Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the importance of affordable housing on a national level. The cycle of poverty can be difficult to break, but safe, decent, affordable housing goes a long way toward providing stability to low-income families and giving them the tools they need to move out of poverty.

Our mission is to provide independent research and relevant data to support the efforts of the public and affordable housing industry and its stakeholders. Through industry collaboration and independent research, PAHRC spotlights the impact, outcomes, and benefits that affordable housing brings to families and communities. Our team also provides data and tools to help researchers, practitioners, and advocates build evidence-based cases for why affordable housing matters.


We educate the public about the impact, outcomes, and benefits affordable homes bring to families and communities.


We equip housing providers, policymakers, and the public with data tools to understand the inventory of affordable homes.


Our goal is to promote equity by identifying barriers that inhibit our lowest income and most vulnerable people from reaching their full potential.

While we’re a small team, our work is having a big impact. It has been used by legislators to inform policy and has been highlighted in major media outlets. We also share new data and research findings on the impact of affordable housing with thousands of housers, policymakers, developers, advocates, researchers and more each year.

Our People

Keely Stater
Keely Stater
Director, Research and Industry Intelligence

Kelly McElwain
Kelly McElwain
Research Analyst

Keely Stater is the director, Research and Industry Intelligence, Government Affairs and Research at PAHRC. With nearly fifteen years of social science research experience, Keely oversees PAHRC’s research activities and data holdings. Prior to working at PAHRC, Keely was an assistant professor at University of Georgia and has also taught at Trinity College and the University of Connecticut. As a researcher, her work includes publications on affordable housing, public administration, and civic engagement.

Keely holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Kelly McElwain joined PAHRC’s team as a Research Analyst in 2014. Now Research Analyst III, she is responsible for managing data tools and researching the impact of housing assistance. Her research examines affordable housing preservation and initiatives housing providers are engaged in to boost resident outcomes. Prior to joining PAHRC, Kelly assisted six non-profits on research projects, donor stewardship, and grant writing as an intern and consultant.

Kelly holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a Certificate in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor's Degree in Policy Studies from Syracuse University.