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1. Zoning policies lead to concentration of wealth, advantage

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Research from the Urban Institute shows how neighborhoods with concentrations of affluent residents remained fixed between 1990 and 2010, while neighborhoods that are home to poorer residents shifted, expanded and fell further into poverty. Zoning policies in wealthy suburbs have kept affordable housing out and have resulted in concentrated areas of advantage, the report says. CityLab (06/29)


2. Study finds racial neighborhood disparities across incomes

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Across the economic spectrum, whites tend to live in higher-income neighborhoods relative to blacks and Hispanics, according to a Stanford Graduate School of Education study. For example, a black household earning $50,000 annually on average lives in a neighborhood with median income below $43,000, while a white household with the same annual income lives in a neighborhood where median income is nearly $53,000. The patterns of segregation have long-term consequences, researchers say. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/24)


3. Are inclusionary housing's trade-offs worthwhile?

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

Cities such as Boston and New York have inclusionary housing policies requiring that luxury residential buildings include affordable units. Experts say more units could be built in lower-cost neighborhoods for the same cost, but the benefit of such policies is that they create mixed-income buildings and neighborhoods. Bloomberg (07/14)


4. HUD unveils rule meant to deter segregation

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 09, 2015

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Wednesday unveiled a rule, in the works since 2013, that requires communities receiving HUD funds to pay more attention to segregation and take steps to correct it. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (07/08) CNN (07/08)


5. Governments must stop promoting segregation

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Local, state and federal governments should take note of last week's Supreme Court ruling on housing discrimination and stop spending money in ways that promote racial segregation, writes The New York Times in an editorial. "[I]t is a misrepresentation to describe new housing alone as 'revitalization' in the absence of things like good schools and job opportunities that make for vibrant, economically healthy communities," the paper writes. The New York Times (single-article access for SmartBrief readers) (06/29)


6. Vouchers lead to better outcomes than other interventions

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

Families receiving Housing Choice Vouchers experience better outcomes after 18 months than those receiving other types of housing interventions, finds research by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Vanderbilt University. The study, only halfway complete, compares vouchers to three other types of housing aid: emergency shelters, temporary rental assistance for private housing and time-limited housing with supportive services. The Atlantic (07/11)


7. Feds try new approach for relocating voucher recipients

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 09, 2015

An experimental program in Dallas offers voucher recipients more money if they move to more expensive neighborhoods and reduces the vouchers if they do not. Federal officials want to expand the program, which began in 2011. They're hoping for success, though past efforts to move low-income households from segregated neighborhoods to higher-opportunity areas have had mixed results. The New York Times (single-article access for SmartBrief readers) (07/07)


8. Success of new housing rule depends on action, experts say

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

An Obama administration rule meant to discourage housing policy decisions that promote racial segregation will be effective only if local, state and federal government officials embrace it, some experts say. Under the change, federal officials will require cities to look for discrimination in their housing patterns and set goals to improve. "The assumption is that every jurisdiction wants to integrate and they don't have the info to do so, and that's a very optimistic viewpoint," said Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute. NBC News (07/12)


9. In Chicago, families stay in urban neighborhoods longer

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Developers in Chicago are building more downtown residential units with three and four bedrooms, and that's encouraging more families to wait longer before moving to the suburbs, says Colin Hebson, real estate agent with Dream Town Realty. Downtown homes are more affordable in Chicago than in other large U.S. cities such as New York and Washington, D.C. CNBC (06/25)


10. Study: Amenities lead residents to spend more on housing

Housing Matters SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

A new study of more than 2,000 U.S. neighborhoods measures how much people are willing to pay for amenities such as good schools, low crime rates, and access to bars and restaurants. For example, people are willing to pay an additional $570 in annual housing costs for a $1,000-per-student increase in regional funding for schools. CityLab (06/29)




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