Category Archives: housing

Blog Post: Is the Left’s Skepticism about Zoning’s Increasing Rents like the Right’s Skepticism about Global Warming?

DSC_0072Blog Post: Rick Hills, Is the Left’s Skepticism about Zoning’s Increasing Rents like the Right’s Skepticism about Global Warming?, PrawfsBlawg, Apr. 19, 2018.


Report: Foreclosed: Destruction of Black Wealth During the Obama Presidency

Report: Ryan Cooper & Matt Bruenig, Foreclosed: Destruction of Black Wealth During the Obama Presidency (2017) [about housing wealth].

New Book: Moving toward Integration: The Past and Future of Fair Housing

MTI.jpgNew Book: Richard H. Sander, Yana A. Kucheva, and Jonathan M. Zasloff, Moving toward Integration: The Past and Future of Fair Housing (2018). Overview below:

Reducing residential segregation is the best way to reduce racial inequality in the United States. African American employment rates, earnings, test scores, even longevity all improve sharply as residential integration increases. Yet far too many participants in our policy and political conversations have come to believe that the battle to integrate America’s cities cannot be won. Richard SanderYana Kucheva, and Jonathan Zasloff write that the pessimism surrounding desegregation in housing arises from an inadequate understanding of how segregation has evolved and how policy interventions have already set many metropolitan areas on the path to integration.

Scholars have debated for decades whether America’s fair housing laws are effective. Moving toward Integration provides the most definitive account to date of how those laws were shaped and implemented and why they had a much larger impact in some parts of the country than others. It uses fresh evidence and better analytic tools to show when factors like exclusionary zoning and income differences between blacks and whites pose substantial obstacles to broad integration, and when they do not.

Through its interdisciplinary approach and use of rich new data sources, Moving toward Integration offers the first comprehensive analysis of American housing segregation. It explains why racial segregation has been resilient even in an increasingly diverse and tolerant society, and it demonstrates how public policy can align with demographic trends to achieve broad housing integration within a generation.

Upcoming Conference: UDC Law’s FHA at 50, Friday March 20, 2018

The registration page is here and the full program can be found here.

New Resource: Eviction Lab

This has received a good amount of publicity this week already–see, e.g., Emily Badger & Quoctrung Bui, In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America, N.Y. Times, Apr. 7, 2018–but Matthew Desmond’s team at Princeton has created and released a large database of eviction records from across the country. The Eviction Lab website, especially its map feature, is worth checking out, exploring, and using as a research tool.

New Article: How Federal Tax Law Rewards Housing Segregation

Holc_redlining_1937New Article: Michelle Layser, How Federal Tax Law Rewards Housing Segregation, forthcoming Indiana L.J., SSRN Mar. 2018. Abstract below:

Residual, de facto segregation is among the most enduring barriers to equal opportunity in America. Nearly five decades after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Blacks and Latinos still tend to live in neighborhoods where the majority of residents are people of color. Such racial segregation is often accompanied by economic segregation. Meanwhile, sociologists, housing law scholars, and poverty law experts have stressed the importance of residential location to the impact of poverty and the potential for upward economic mobility. But an unlikely source of federal housing law—the tax code—may interfere with efforts to promote more integrated communities.

This Article argues that federal tax law rewards White-flight and economic segregation and, as a result, may exacerbate the enduring effects of past policies like redlining and exclusionary zoning, while also limiting the effectiveness of non-tax federal programs intended to promote housing choice, such as the Section 8 tenant voucher program. The Article begins by using publicly available data from the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to map the flow of mortgage interest deduction benefits and the location of low-income housing tax credit properties in a representative city, Philadelphia. Next, the Article uses thought experiments to demonstrate how features of the tax law create monetary incentives to reinforce the segregation patterns reflected in the spatial distribution of these tax-subsidies. Finally, the Article sets forth recommendations for tax policy reforms that would better promote integrated communities.

Call-for-papers: The Interconnections between Health and Housing

ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Call for Papers

The Interconnections between Health and Housing

For its next issue the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (the Journal) invites articles and essays exploring the interconnections between health and the Journal’s traditional themes: affordable housing, fair housing and community/economic development. Topics could include creative housing developments; federal, state, local and/or private funding sources; statutes, policies or regulations; and empirical studies. Articles and essays could analyze new developments, tell success stories, or explore problems relating to issue such as affordable independent/assisted living, aging in place, or in-home care, and propose legal and policy recommendations.The Journal welcomes essays (typically 2,500–6,200 words) or articles (typically 7,000-10,000 words) on the theme.

The Journal is the nation’s only law journal dedicated to affordable housing and community development law.  The Journal educates readers and provides a forum for discussion and resolution of problems in these fields by publishing articles from distinguished law professors, policy advocates and practitioners.

Interested authors are encouraged to send an abstract describing their proposals to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Tim Iglesias, at by April 15, 2018. Submissions of final articles and essays are due by May 1, 2018. The Journal also accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Please do not hesitate to contact the Editor with any questions.

News Coverage: “He attends elite UC Berkeley but lives in a trailer with no heat or sewer hookups. Soon, he’ll be scrambling to find new shelter”

News Coverage: Teresa Watanabe, He attends elite UC Berkeley but lives in a trailer with no heat or sewer hookups. Soon, he’ll be scrambling to find new shelter, LA Times, Mar. 12, 2018. [Complete with good photos.]

Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences issue dedicated to poverty

Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences issue dedicated to poverty, Volume 4, Issue 2, February 2018 pp. i-176. Contents below and articles are available for free as PDFs. Summary news coverage here.

4(2)pp. i–iii
4(2)pp. 1–19
4(2)pp. 22–42
4(2)pp. 43–73
4(2)pp. 74–90
4(2)pp. 91–112
4(2)pp. 113–130
4(2)pp. 131–160
4(2)pp. 161–176

New Report: “Facing Eviction Alone” [About evictions in Denver]

New Report: Audrey Hasvold & Jack Regenbogen, Facing Eviction Alone: Denver Colorado 2014-2016 (2017).