Racial inequalities

Interactive Map: Where Voucher Households Live in the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas

Interactive
Jan 3, 2019
Alicia Mazzara, Brian Knudsen, and Nick Kasprak for Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Housing Choice Voucher Program, the nation’s largest federal rental assistance program, enables families to afford decent, stable housing, avoid homelessness, and make ends meet. This map allows users to examine where voucher-assisted households live in the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Housing vouchers mostly move families into impoverished neighborhoods, even when better apartments exist elsewhere

News Article
Jan 3, 2019
Tracy Jan for The Washington Post
But a new study found that in nearly all 50 of America’s biggest metropolitan areas, low-income families using federal housing vouchers remain overly concentrated in impoverished, racially segregated neighborhoods with little opportunity — even with plenty of affordable apartments available in highe

To Equitably Connect Housing and Economic Mobility for Black Americans, Tackle Structural Racism

Publication
Feb 8, 2018
Janae Ladet for How Housing Matters
Homeownership often translates to wealth accumulation, and wealth grows generationally. As a result, the wealth gap between white and black families has grown over the past 50 years. In 2016, white wealth was seven times greater than black wealth.

Kansas City Eviction Research Highlights the Need for Bold Municipal Solutions

Research
Sep 12, 2018
Tara Raghuveer for How Housing Matters
Eviction provides a clear window for understanding housing, racial injustice, and poverty in cities. In the face of the eviction crisis, national researchers, community organizers, and other civic actors have rallied together to document data and call attention to this crisis.

Ben Carson: We won't allow forgotten Americans to be left behind. Here's how.

News Article
Dec 14, 2018
Ben Carson for The New York Times
Opportunity zones are home to approximately 35 million Americans. It is estimated that the opportunity-zone designation could attract $100 billion in private investment in these areas, which would go a long way to spurring economic development and creating jobs.