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Merrit Gillard, Senior Associate

Merrit Gillard is a Senior Associate on the Affordable Homeownership team, where she performs policy and data analysis on a variety of initiatives to expand access to safe and affordable homeownership opportunities. She comes to the homeownership team after more than a year as a Senior Associate on CFED’s Communications team.

Before joining CFED, Merrit was an intern at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, where she analyzed data on D.C. service sector workers and co-authored a report with DC Jobs with Justice and Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative that launched a city-wide fair scheduling campaign. Merrit also served for more than two years as an appointee at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she managed strategic communications for the Secretary.

She earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently completing a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.

Recent Blog Posts

Apr 17, 2017

To Preserve Fair Housing & Fair Lending, We Need a Strong CFPB

Without a strong and independent CFPB, home buyers of color would be left vulnerable to the same practices that fueled the economic crisis and contributed to the vast racial wealth divide we see today.

Apr 11, 2017

After 49 Years, the Fair Housing Act Still Needs Our Support

At CFED, we celebrate the progress that our country has made to over the past half century to give all people the freedom to live where they choose—and we know that our work to create truly equal opportunity is far from complete.

Apr 10, 2017

CFED’s Strategy to Make Homeownership More Affordable

Homeownership has long been the largest asset that most U.S. families own. Yet many families—especially those of color—have been locked out of the opportunity to buy a home of their own.

Apr 7, 2017

Act Now to Protect Fair Housing

Financial capability means access to fair lending, and there is still much work to be done to ensure that people of color have truly equal housing opportunity.

Mar 29, 2017

Act Now to Preserve Consumer Protections for Buyers of Manufactured Homes!

Take action to protect low-income home buyers!

Dec 16, 2016

Manufactured Home Communities in Central Virginia

There is a clear need to reexamine the role manufactured home communities might play in the future of Virginia’s affordable housing continuum.

Dec 5, 2016

In the Mississippi Delta, Housing is Cheap – and Largely Unaffordable

We recently studied the housing landscape in Delta region counties in Mississippi and Arkansas, and here’s what we found.

Sep 7, 2016

Even the “Worst Housing Stock” in America is Unaffordable to Many

Poor-quality homes saddle many of the county’s lowest-income residents with crippling energy costs.

Jul 15, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - July 15, 2016

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Jul 8, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - July 8, 2016

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Jun 24, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - June 24, 2016

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Jun 17, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - June 17, 2016

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Jun 10, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - June 10, 2016

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Jun 7, 2016

The Facts about Owning a Home

Homeownership is still out of reach for millions of households.

Jun 3, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - June 3, 2016

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May 20, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - May 20, 2016

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May 13, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - May 13, 2016

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May 12, 2016

Are Public Housing Authorities the Next Frontier in Financial Capability Integration?

The federal Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) offers a platform for connecting potentially millions of households to financial capability services.

May 6, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - May 6, 2016

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May 2, 2016

Beyond Shame: Financial Insecurity Hurts Some Americans More Than Others

A response to The Atlantic's recent cover story about "the secret shame of middle-class Americans."

Apr 29, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - April 29, 2016

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Apr 22, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - April 22, 2016

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Apr 15, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - April 15, 2016

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Apr 9, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - April 9, 2016

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Mar 18, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - March 18, 2016

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Mar 11, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - March 11, 2016

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Mar 4, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - March 4, 2016

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Feb 26, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - February 26, 2016

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Feb 19, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - February 19, 2016

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Feb 12, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - February 12, 2016

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Feb 5, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - February 5, 2016

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Jan 29, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - January 29, 2016

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Jan 22, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - January 22, 2016

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Jan 15, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - January 15, 2016

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Jan 8, 2016

Asset-Building News Roundup - January 8, 2016

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Dec 22, 2015

Gift Ideas for the Economic Justice Advocate on Your List

There are just a couple of days left to finish up all of your final holiday shopping! Here are some gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on the face of any loved ones whose idea of a good time is curling up by the fire and reading about the deep inequalities in the American economy.

Dec 11, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - December 11, 2015

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Dec 4, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - December 4, 2015

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Nov 20, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - November 20, 2015

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Nov 13, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - November 13, 2015

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Nov 6, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - November 6, 2015

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Oct 30, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - October 30, 2015

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Oct 29, 2015

This is What Home Looks Like in Today's Manufactured Homes

Think manufactured homes are all just crumbling trailers? Think again.

Oct 23, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - October 23, 2015

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Oct 16, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - October 16, 2015

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Oct 14, 2015

Inequality Takes the Stage at #DemDebate No. 1

CFEDers and other supporters took to Twitter to follow the first Democratic presidential primary debate last night. Here's their take on what the candidates had to say.

Oct 9, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - October 9, 2015

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Oct 2, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - October 2, 2015

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Sep 28, 2015

2016 Assets Learning Conference: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! The 2016 Assets Learning Conference is right around the corner.

Sep 25, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - September 25, 2015

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Sep 18, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - September 18, 2015

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Sep 15, 2015

Back to School, Back to Saving

In the past few weeks, millions of kids have folded up their beach towels, brushed the sand out of their hair and headed back to school. All of them can benefit from college savings.

Sep 11, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - September 11, 2015

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Sep 4, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - September 4, 2015

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Sep 4, 2015

Support is Growing for Strong Rules on Payday Lending

CFED and more than 100 partners took to social media on August 31 to demand strong consumer protections against predatory payday lenders.

Aug 28, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - August 28, 2015

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Aug 21, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - August 21, 2015

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Aug 18, 2015

Sign Up for the Race for Retirement and Prudential Will Give $25 to the 1:1 Fund!

Help support the Children's Savings Account movement by taking the pledge to boost your own savings.

Aug 14, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - August 14, 2015

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Aug 7, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - August 7, 2015

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Jul 31, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - July 31, 2015

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Jul 24, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - July 24, 2015

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Jul 17, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - July 17, 2015

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Jul 14, 2015

College Track Students Have a Stellar Track Record for Savings

Could you find an extra $500 to sock away in savings? Because that’s exactly what high school seniors in the San Francisco Bay area are doing.

Jul 10, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - July 10, 2015

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Jul 2, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - July 2, 2015

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Jun 26, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - June 26, 2015

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Jun 19, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - June 19, 2015

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Jun 12, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - June 12, 2015

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Jun 5, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - June 5, 2015

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May 29, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - May 29, 2015

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May 22, 2015

Asset-Building News Roundup - May 22, 2015

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