Andrew Fenelon

Assistant Professor
The Pennsylvania State University

Andrew Fenelon is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Sociology, and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University and an associate of the Population Research Institute. He is a sociologist and demographer who studies health inequalities, population health, and social policy. Dr. Fenelon’s current research addresses the effects of HUD housing assistance on health, health care access, and neighborhood attainment in the United States. His work on housing assistance is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Diabetes and Diseases of the Kidney, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to joining Penn State, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Using data from a unique survey of small-scale landlords who owned residential, non-owner occupied units in Pittsburgh, this study provides experimental evidence for the potential effectiveness of an asset-framing approach to increasing landlords’ participation in the City of Pittsburgh’s Mobility Voucher program.

    February 6, 2024



  • Housing choices for those with traditional housing choice vouchers (HCV) are constrained and rent subsidies set too low to significantly increase moves to high-opportunity neighborhoods. Moreover, many landlords in destination neighborhoods are unaware of the HCV program and its benefits, producing an additional hurdle to HCV use. As a result, most voucher recipients end up in neighborhoods similar to those they previously lived in. For this project, the research team will partner with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) and the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania to investigate the effects of HACP's innovative mobility vouchers and mobility counseling programs on improving low-income racial minority access and transition to opportunity-rich neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, PA. 

    January 14, 2021


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