PRRAC Update  

May 2, 2014  




Growing the field of housing mobility:  We are pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative website,, which includes video, audio and photos of families participating in regional housing mobility programs from across the country and a resource library with the latest social science research, legal advocacy, best practices, and policy analysis in this growing field.  Initial co-sponsors of the website include PRRAC, Housing Choice Partners (Chicago), ACLU of Maryland (Baltimore), the Inclusive Communities Project (Dallas), and the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change.  We hope to expand to include additional established or emerging mobility programs soon!  Website development was supported by a grant from the Maryland-based Fund for Change.


Other resources and upcoming events


Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.  The Conference will run June 25-29, 2014 on the campus of Tougaloo College. Visit the conference website for information on registration and accommodations. 


"Small Area FMRs":  Read more about the Inclusive Communities Project's new fair housing challenge to HUD's Housing Choice Voucher rent reductions in the Dallas metro area (summary with links to the complaint and other materials available at the law firm of Daniel & Beshara).


Disparate Impact Resource:  Michael Allen, Jamie Crook, John Relman, "Assessing HUD's Disparate Impact Rule: A Practitioner's Perspective," in the current issue of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (plus a related article by PRRAC Board member Olati Johnson).


Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century: Peter Dreier, John Mollenkopf, and Todd Swanstrom's third edition of "Place Matters" will be out in August and available for Fall 2014 course adoption.  You can learn more about the book at the University Press of Kansas website.


Penn State's "Education and Civil Rights Conference"  on June 6-7 in State College, PA, will feature 30 new papers from leading social scientists, educators, and legal scholars. Lani Guinier will be the keynote speaker.  More information and registration here.    



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