Take 5 with MHP’s Matt Encarnación

Take Five is MHP’s series that asks the same five questions of a variety of people intersecting with MHP, from staff to housing advocates! We are excited to welcome Research Intern Matt Encarnación.

Matt Encarnación

Q1. Who are you?

Hello! My name is Matt Encarnacion (he/him) and I’ll be pursuing my Master of Science in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania this fall. Currently, I serve as a Research Intern for the Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project.

Q2. What attracted you to working with MHP?

MHP’s commitment to racial and economic equity through affordable housing advocacy, research, and community development affirms my dedication to social justice and aligns with my foundational goal of seeking to promote a socially-just society.  

Q3. What’s a challenge in the field of housing right now?

While many challenges pervade the field of housing, the risk of charging market-rate rents in desirable neighborhoods with many opportunities once affordability restrictions expire is something that I view to be troubling. Low-income renters may be displaced, segregating residential spaces further and stripping these tenants of the positive psychosocial and physical benefits that accompany occupying units in these neighborhoods (NLIHC & PAHRC, 2018).  

Q4. Is there a book by your bed, and what is it?

Two books sit atop my nightstand, Batman and Philosophy The Dark Knight of the Soul by Mark D. White and Robert Arp and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. The former lies there idly, for now, while the latter is being actively read for the second time. 

Q5. Who is your superhero? 

Barack Obama 

Look out for more Take 5 profiles coming soon!