PRRAC Update  

December 13, 2012   




Welcome to the PRRAC Update!  Every other Thursday, PRRAC sends out a brief digest of news, recent publications, and other points of interest related to our work in housing, education, and health. We welcome feedback and encourage you to forward to others. To join the PRRAC email list, click here.  



New from One Nation Indivisible:  Life in 98118: Seattle's Rainier Valley - One of the Nation's Most Diverse Zip Codes - another in a series of explorations of the power of diversity to strengthen our democracy.  From the documentation and organizing project "One Nation Indivisible" (co-sponsored by PRRAC and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School).


Affirmative Marketing in the LIHTC program:  As the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, our largest low income housing development program, expands into more "high opportunity" communities, it will become increasingly important to prioritize fair housing marketing practices so that low income families in segregated areas have real access to these apartments.  Our new reportAccessing Opportunity: Affirmative Marketing and Tenant Selection in the LIHTC program, looks in detail at existing HUD rules on marketing and tenant selection, explores how they could be improved, and makes recommendations on what the Treasury Department (which oversees the LIHTC program) needs to do to provide guidance to states and to housing developers/managers.



Other news and resources


From the Center for Social Inclusion:  "Falling off the Fiscal Cliff: Race Opportunity and Sequestration" tracks the potentially devastating and disproportionate impact of "sequestration" on Black and Latino families.   



Philip Tegeler

Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Washington, DC