Leah Hendey, a Research Associate at the Urban Institute, has focused on a range of policy issues including the foreclosure crisis, performance measurement, child care, child obesity, and city indicators. Projects that involve contextual analyses using city and metropolitan indicators have allowed her to develop an understanding of major national datasets including Census data, the American Communities Survey, BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics, CDC Natality data, FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data, and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data.

Leah Hendey, a Research Associate at the Urban Institute, has focused on a range of policy issues including the foreclosure crisis, performance measurement, child care, child obesity, and city indicators. Projects that involve contextual analyses using city and metropolitan indicators have allowed her to develop an understanding of major national datasets including Census data, the American Communities Survey, BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics, CDC Natality data, FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data, and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data. Recently, Ms. Hendey has conducted research on the subprime and foreclosure crisis, using foreclosure data from the District of Columbia and for the evaluation of the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program and completed survey and report on foreclosure prevention counseling organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. She is also gathering and providing content for a knowledge-sharing website of the spillover effects of the foreclosure crisis on families and neighborhoods. Through her work with the Making Connections Survey, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, she co-authored a cross-site report on early care and education patterns. Additionally, she has produced cross-site regression analyses on the patterns of asset- and debt-holding for low-income families in Making Connections Neighborhoods and is working on a new study investigating how these families have fared since the recession began. Since 2007, Ms. Hendey has become involved in the Urban Institute’s work with the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP); she is a member of its Executive Committee and managed a school readiness and early grade success initiative for eight NNIP sites.