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Will the Federal Hammer Come Down on Apartment Bans?

Dan Bertolet · Sightline Institute · 3 September 2020

Momentum has been building for federal action on zoning laws that shut out poor people by banning modest, multi-dwelling homes.

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How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering

Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich · New York Times · 24 August 2020

In the 20th century, local and federal officials, usually white, enacted policies that reinforced racial segregation in cities and diverted investment away from minority neighborhoods in ways that created large disparities in the urban heat environment. The consequences are being felt today.

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What Happens Next With Affordable Housing?

Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene · Route Fifty · 20 August 2020

States and local governments already haven’t been investing enough to help build housing that poor families, and sometimes even middle-class people, can afford. And now funding could be yet another victim of the coronavirus.

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Changing the Federal Reserve mandate could provide a down payment to ending racial inequality

William M. Rodgers III · The Conversation · 17 August 2020

The availability of data clearly showing just how wide the racial inequality gap is would put pressure on Congress to find ways to help Black Americans accumulate wealth and the means to secure affordable housing.

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The Black Lives Next Door

Richard Rothstein · New York Times · 14 August 2020

How can we move towards residential desegregation?

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Advancing the Mapping Prejudice project

Allison Campbell-Jensen · continuum.umn.edu · 29 July 2020

After exposing structural racism in Hennepin County, the Mapping Prejudice project at the University of Minnesota Libraries has received new funding to develop its digital tools so they can be used by communities across the country.

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A Lot of Americans Are About to Lose Their Homes

Derek Thompson · The Atlantic · 15 July 2020

The current housing crisis could get messy quickly, but fixing it shouldn’t be complicated, if Congress intervenes.

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Yet another source of inequality: Property taxes

Douglas Clement · Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis · 28 July 2020

Black and Hispanic homeowners face property tax assessment rates 10 to 13 percent higher than non-minority homeowners in same tax jurisdiction.

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Do US parents actually want integrated schools—or just say they do?

Jenny Anderson · Quartz · 11 February 2020

A new study suggests there’s widespread interest among American parents in sending their kids to schools that are substantially integrated. It’s a preference shared across racial lines and income brackets, by mothers and fathers, Democrats and Republicans, and among parents of every level of educational attainment.
So why do families, when given the choice, routinely pick schools that further segregate the system?

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Wave of evictions could be coming for nation’s renters

Niv Ellis and J. Edward Moreno · The Hill · 24 July 2020

The federal moratorium on evictions signed into law in March as part of the CARES Act is set to expire.

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