New Article: John Infranca, Assessing the Prospects for Fair Housing, Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Vol. 30, No. 3 (2022). Abstract below:
This is a review of Furthering Fair Housing: Prospects for Racial Justice in America’s Neighborhoods, a 2021 collection of essays edited by Justin P. Steil, Nicholas F. Kelly, Lawrence J. Vale and Maia S. Woluchem. Furthering Fair Housing provides a detailed account of the long history leading to the 2015 affirmatively further fair housing rule, an evaluation of the short-lived rule’s effects and potential flaws, and a robust set of insights and recommendations for both federal officials revising the rule and local officials tasked with implementing it going forward. This review summarizes the volume’s individual chapters before discussing a few themes that run across the volume. These include, among others, the question of whether to prioritize planning or legal enforcement in crafting the rule, the tensions between mobility strategies and place-based investment, and the proper scope of local control and flexibility in developing strategies to further fair housing.