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Sarah Stein

CED Adviser

Areas of Expertise: Affordable housing and neighborhood stabilization
  • Biography

    Sarah Stein is an adviser on affordable housing and neighborhood stabilization on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's community and economic development (CED) team. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Stein was an attorney representing seniors and low-income Atlantans on housing matters with Atlanta Legal Aid. There, she spearheaded the Generational Poverty Law Project, developing educational and clinical programming to address long-term homeowner displacement and to help low-income families build generational wealth. She has legal expertise in the areas of fair housing, residential real estate finance, property law, property tax, estate and probate matters, and affordable housing. Previously, Stein was a research fellow with the Emory University Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her work examined the legal frameworks and human geographies of homelessness. She was also a student researcher for Emory's Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative project. Stein holds a JD degree from Emory's School of Law and an MA from Emory's Laney Graduate School. She earned her BA in modern studies at the University of Virginia.
  • Publications


    Sarah Stein, Dontá Council, and Grace Meagher. "Emergency Rental Assistance Insights from the Southeast." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (September 2, 2022).

    Thomas W. Mitchell, Sarah Stein, and Ann Carpenter. "Expansion of New Law in Southeast May Stave Off Black Land Loss." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (COVID-19 Publications 2020).

    Sarah Stein and Nisha Sutaria. "Housing Policy Impact: Federal Eviction Protection Coverage and the Need for Better Data." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (COVID-19 Publications 2020).

    Brittany Birken, Ann Carpenter, Karen Leone de Nie, Sameera Fazili, Mary Hirt, David A. Jackson, Sarah Miller, Patrick Pontius, Julie Siwicki, Sarah Stein, Nisha Sutaria, and Janelle Williams. “Tackling the Unknown Together: Community Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).

    Blog Posts


    Jessica Dill, Sarah Stein, Carl Hudson, and Nisha Sutaria. "Assessing the Size and Spread of Vulnerable Renter Households in the Southeast," Real Estate Research. October 14, 2020.

    Podcast Episodes podcast

    Sarah Stein. "'It Can Undermine Economic Mobility': A Discussion of Heirs Property." Economy Matters podcast. February 23, 2023.