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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 – “Our struggle for freedom was a collective effort… It is in your hands to create a better world

“We hold it as an inviolable principle that racism must be opposed by all the means that humanity has at its disposal. Wherever it occurs it has the potential to result in a systematic and comprehensive denial of human rights to those who are discriminated against. This is because all racism is inherently a challenge […]

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“Its Westchester on steroids”: HUD finds Dallas in non-compliance with fair housing laws, seeks sweeping remedies

“Its Westchester on steroids,” is how one civil rights advocate characterized HUD’s findings against the City of Dallas, referring to the landmark 2009 fair housing case against Westchester County, NY. On November 22 HUD issued the result of a forty-five month investigation of the City of Dallas which concluded… Based on the evidence obtained during […]

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Thanksgiving check-in on the homeless in Texas — maybe intractable social problems can be solved after all

It seems that Thanksgiving is one of the few times many people worry about the homeless. Let’s join the crowd and take a look at the numbers of homeless in Texas. The data comes from a HUD report  The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. First, s word of caution about the numbers. They […]

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Invest an hour listening to a great story on Fair Housing

Please listen to a great one hour episode of “This American Life” based on ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones’ reporting.  It is a great introduction to and political history of Fair Housing. Everyone should hear this story.

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Jacob Riis: “Why should a man have a better right to kill his neighbor with a house than with an ax in the street?”

Reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s wonderful new book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism I am struck by how powerful the relationship between a journalist and a political leader can be to create social change. The collision of a problem explained in a compelling manner with a political leader who is receptive to reform occasionally produces the nuclear […]

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Undelivered Kennedy speech denounces “nonsense” of deficit fears “wholly unrelated to reality”

In the course of thinking about President Kennedy’s assassination fifty years ago last evening I read the speech Kennedy was scheduled to deliver on the afternoon of November 22, 1963 in Dallas. Much of the speech is related to the Cold War. But I was startled to read a portion of the speech that could […]

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New proposed HUD Fair Housing Rule released

  Today HUD posted it’s long awaited new rules regarding how local and state governments affirmatively further fair housing. These rules are subject to a public comment period before they take effect. The comment period will begin soon.   The new rules propose to alter the process that state and local governments follow to comply […]

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GOP spending bill targets community development block grants – POLITICO.com

GOP spending bill targets community development grants – David Rogers – POLITICO.com.

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Bo’s Clips: Housing Discrimination Persists

Race continues to be a barrier to housing for people of color in the US with African-Americans encountering the greatest rate of discriminatory practices. Another study finds that progress for African-American families has not significantly improved since 1965. For a pdf version of the full stories, plus contextual articles in social, environmental and legal areas, […]

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NLIHC Highlights Nacogdoches Tenant Association

The Spring 2013 issue of Tenant Talk, a publication of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, contains a moving essay by Gloria More about organizing her fellow tenants of the Eastwood Terrace, a property in Nacogdoches, Texas: The view outside my window painted a dismal scene. I closed my eyes and tried to picture the […]

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Westchester NY county executive agrees to source of income protection under fair housing settlement – ProPublica

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino submitted legislation today to ban discrimination against people who pay their rent with government assistance, a day after the U.S. Department of Justice threatened to haul the county into court over the issue. In a letter to the county’s Board of Legislators, Astorino wrote, “In light of all of the […]

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HUD closing Dallas and Lubbock field offices to cut costs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Wednesday announced a series of restructuring and systemic changes within its Office of Multifamily Housing Programs and the Office of Field Policy and Management (FPM).  The changes, which include consolidating Multifamily hubs nationwide and closing 16 smaller offices, affect approximately 900 of the Departments’ 9,000 employees. HUD […]

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We’re proud to be a Texas partner of the National Low Income Housing Coalition

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Get involved and join today

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Fair Housing Act is 45 years old today. LBJ: “We have come some of the way, not near all of it. There is much yet to do.”

The words in the headline are President Johnson’s on April 11, 1968 as he signed the Fair Housing Act. They remain true today, 45 years later, with regard to the state of fair housing in the United States. President Lyndon Johnson made the following remarks as he signed the Fair Housing Act, less than one […]

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Franklin the Fair Housing Fox… seriously?

April is Fair Housing Month, the time of year for cities to pass resolutions that no one reads solemnly proclaiming their support for fair housing, the time for elementary school art classes to conduct fair housing drawing contests for children, and the month that Franklin the Fair Housing Fox comes out of his closet at […]

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Map of the Day: Housing Units Lacking Complete Plumbing

The fine folks at the Housing Assistance Council released a report called “Taking Stock” a few months ago.  Taking Stock, uses data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS) to describe the social, economic, and housing characteristics of rural Americans, and includes great maps of the data. For example, above is the Texas […]

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NLIHC: Americans Support Mortgage Interest Deduction Reform

A poll commissioned by the National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that while most Americans do favor the mortgage interest deduction, majorities of Americans support proposals to make the tax break more targeted, and more than half want the savings from reform to be used to end homelessness. The mortgage interest deduction (MID) is a […]

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HUD Texas Sequester Letter

Below is a copy of the letter from HUD to Texas Governor Rick Perry regarding the impact of the sequester on Federally-funded housing programs in Texas.  The bottom line losses: $ 3.4 Million HOME  $50.5 Million Tenant Based Rental Assistance $ 4.5 Million Homeless $ 0.9 Million Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS $59.3 Million […]

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NLIHC: Shortage of Affordable Housing for Low Income Renters in Texas

The National Low Income Housing Coalition’sn new report, Housing Spotlight: America’s Affordable Housing Shortage, and How To End It, provides an in-depth analysis of the growing gap between the number of low income renters and the number of units that are affordable and available to them. This analysis comes from the 2011 American Community Survey […]

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An important milestone for civil rights: HUD issues final fair housing “disparate impact rule”

Years in the making, HUD yesterday issued the final rule on proving “disparate impact” under the Fair Housing Act. The rule is a reaffirmation of the established standard widely used to prove a civil rights violation has occurred when the perpetrator is not caught in an overt act. Let me say first that I am […]

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NYTimes Endorses Funding National Housing Trust Fund

Last Sunday’s New York Times contained an editorial stating “with nearly 3.3 million families with children living in “worst case” situations — spending more than half their incomes on housing or living in hazardous buildings — more must be done to create affordable housing, through rehabilitation or new construction. For starters, that means finally putting […]

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NYTimes on housing tax credits gets it right on funding, targeting poor, wrong on promoting segregation

  A Tax Credit Worth Preserving – NYTimes.com. We think the New York Times editorial on housing got it two-thirds right and one-third way wrong. In a December 20 editorial the New York Times called for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit retaining and enlarging as Congress and the Obama Administration considers changes to the tax code. […]

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The Affordable Housing Crisis – NYTimes.com

The Affordable Housing Crisis – NYTimes.com. Today’s editorial in the NYT calls for renewed attention to the nation’s rental housing assistance programs. Congress has not treated these housing programs kindly in recent years. Between 2010 and 2012, financing fell by about $2.5 billion, or nearly 6 percent, although some of this was mitigated by one-time […]

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HUD Secretary Donovan discusses fair housing with state housing coalitions

At a meeting this week HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan discussed HUD’s approach to fair housing with leaders of state low-income housing coalitions. Secretary Donovan told the state housing coalition leaders, including Chrishelle Palay of TxLIHIS, that HUD will be moving to a regional approach to fair housing. The Secretary said the HUD Sustainable Communities program is […]

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Post election soul searching yields important insights but seldom change

The soul searching that follows presidential elections often produces some valuable insights. Too bad they are usually quickly forgotten and people revert to their entrenched ideas. But the critical role of Hispanic, African-American and Asian voters may have some staying power in the parties’ political equations. New York Times columnist David Brooks tried to find […]

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Once again recovery from a hurricane bypasses the poor

A New York Times editorial laments the type of government neglect that public housing residents in Texas know all too well. “Ten days after the hurricane [Sandy] struck, thousands of people in New York City’s public housing are still without heat, water, electricity or food. Many people needed assistance after the storm, but the most […]

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2nd installment of ProPublica Fair Housing investigation details Westchester, NY problems

The second article in a major investigative series titled “Living Apart: Fair Housing in America” about HUD’s enforcement of fair housing laws ran today in ProPublica. The subject of this second story is the stalemate in resolving a court ordered fair housing settlement agreement in the Westchester County, NY case that attracted national attention in 2009. The […]

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Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law – ProPublica

Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law – ProPublica. Nikole Hannah-Jones of the news service Pro Publica published a major investigative story today on the failure of HUD to carry out provisions of the Fair Housing Act requiring states, counties and cities to “affirmatively further fair housing” as they spend funds using […]

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HUD Secretary Donovan discusses tension between place-based and mobility in housing

Secretary Donovan provides a thoughtful discussion of HUD’s direction in the tension between place based housing and mobility in the following video of his address before the Poverty and Race Action Council.  

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Mitt Romney at private fundraiser: I might eliminate HUD – The Washington Post

The Washington Post reports on a statement made by Mitt Romney about HUD. “I’m going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I’m probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go,” Romney told the audience. His words were heard by […]

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