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Sonie Johnson


Sonie Johnson


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Boston College School of Social Work

Undergraduate School
University of Texas, San Antonio

Tiziana Dearing, Professor of Macro Practice, Boston College School of Social Work and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

City of Boston, Office of Housing Stability

Katherine Brady, Program Manager

Description of Fellowship
Sonie’s fellowship at the Office of Housing Stability (OHS) involved analyzing and providing recommendations for city programs to strengthen outcomes for families at risk for homelessness. As a result of this placement and research, Sonie was able to identify daily stressors, which affect the health and well-being of staff and residents. She also identified issues of poverty that contribute to displacement and homelessness for individuals in the Family Safety Net Program.