PRRAC Update  

March 19, 2015    



Housing and schools - can we talk?  Most of the recent efforts to link housing and school policy have focused on place-based programs that help to improve student outcomes but are not designed to reduce racial or poverty concentration.   Our new policy brief, "Linking housing and school integration policy: what federal, state and local governments can do," updates our 2011 report on coordinated housing and school integration policies (see also upcoming conference announcement below).       


Fair housing in the bank settlements:  Federal negotiators included an innovative "affirmatively furthering fair housing" incentive in two of the recent multi-billion dollar bank settlements arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.  Will these provisions actually lead to more integrated housing opportunities for low income families?   What can advocates do?   Read our new policy brief co-authored by Demelza Baer. 


Other resources and events


Healing History: Memory, Legacy and Social Change:  an international conference on racial history and reconciliation in Richmond, Virginia, April 6-9, 2015.  Registration and information at  PRRAC is helping to coordinate a roundtable session on housing and school integration policy at the conference, as part of an ongoing policy conversation among Virginia housing and education leaders organized by Housing Virginia.



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