PRRAC Update  

April 2, 2015    



Transit-oriented development - who benefits?  A new PRRAC study by UC-Berkeley researchers Miriam Zuk and Ian Carlton assesses whether transit-oriented development is opening up new housing opportunities for low income families, or simply replicating old patterns of subsidized housing location: "Equitable Transit Oriented Development".    


In the new Poverty & Race:  "The Costs of Child Support" by PRRAC Board member Gabriela Sandoval explores the harmful impacts of state child support enforcement practices on low income families and communities.  Also featuring articles on the Milwaukee County security deposit study and the National Coalition on School Diversity.  


PRRAC is hiring!   If you like to analyze data sets and want to do GIS mapping for a good cause, check out our posting for a Research Associate.



Upcoming Events

"Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education:"
a Capitol Hill Briefing sponsored by PRRAC and the Century Foundation, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM, in the Rayburn House Office Building. Featuring Jeanne Reid, research scientist, National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, with opening remarks from Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott.  Register here.  


6th National Housing Mobility Conference:  Join public housing agency leaders, civil rights advocates, and leading researchers in Chicago on July 16 to hear the latest advances in housing mobility research and practice.  Registration is now open. Cosponsored by PRRAC, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  



Other resources


Foreclosure crisis grinds on in upstate New York:  a new report from the Empire Justice Center gives a powerful closeup of the continuing impact of the foreclosure crisis on communities of color in a single county in upstate New York. The report includes an urgent call for a statewide fund to assist in the acquisition of abandoned properties and the acquisition of distressed mortgages.


Disappointing report from CAP:  In a policy brief released last week, "Expanding Opportunities in America's Urban Areas," the Center for American Progress acknowledges the growing research on the harmful impacts of concentrated poverty on children and families, but doesn't include a single idea for expanding housing opportunities outside areas of concentrated poverty.  In contrast, under President Obama, HUD has announced an important shift toward a more balanced urban policy that includes both community reinvestment and access to communities of opportunity for low income families.  We hope that the next President continues in the same direction, because we have a long way to go.  


Encouraging report from the Furman Center "Creating Affordable Housing Out of Thin Air: The Economics of Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning in New York City" finds that New York's plan for mandatory inclusionary zoning will be successful in the higher cost and gentrifying neighborhoods most in need of affordable housing.        



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