PRRAC Update  

February 21, 2013    




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.    



Creating Balance in the Locations of LIHTC Developments: This new report by Jill Khadduri examines the role of state "qualified allocation plans" in influencing the location of new affordable housing tax credit developments in high opportunity communities, and the importance of coordinating housing investment in lower opportunity communities with broader community planning, including other forms of non-housing investment.  This report is a more in-depth followup to our 2008 report that surveyed "best practices" in state qualified allocation plans around the country.  

HUD symposium on affirmative marketing: "All the Best Intentions:  Is Affirmative Marketing Creating Integrated Communities?" In the HUD Brooke-Mondale Auditorium, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC, Tuesday, February 26 (12 pm- 1:30 pm), featuring Professor Maria Krysan, University of Illinois-Chicago, Judith Liben, Senior Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and Philip Tegeler, Executive Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council. To reserve your seat, please RSVP to


Honoring Chester Hartman: As we announced last month, the National Low Income Housing Coalition is honoring PRRAC Research Director Chester Hartman with their annual Cushing Dolbeare award on March 19 (6pm at the Washington Court Hotel). If you want to attend the awards reception, you can go to the conference registration page, or you can simply mail a check to the Coalition at: NLIHC Awards Reception, 727 15th Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.  Tickets are $75 for NLIHC members and $125 for non-members.



Other news and resources - from some of our "sister blogs":


Barbara Sard in Rooflines on the importance of housing mobility (including a plug for our new toolkit): "Helping Families Use Vouchers to Move to High-Opportunity Neighborhoods"


Greg Kaufman's Poverty in America blog in The Nation, with some helpful myth-busting about TANF: "Ten Things You Should Know About #TheRealTANF"


Alan Jenkins of the Opportunity Agenda on the progress - and lack of progress - in addressing the ongoing foreclosure crisis: "A Compact for Home Opportunity


Outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's final blog on Environmental Justice: "Reducing Pollution for All American Families"




Philip Tegeler

Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Washington, DC