An important look at the context behind Supreme Court case on Texas housing segregation

This week’s cover story in the Fort Worth Weekly illustrates exactly why the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. case before the U.S. Supreme Court is so important. As our co-director John Henneberger, interviewed extensively for the story, told the Weekly, a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the State of Texas would “basically kick the props out from under all the good work that is being done right now to break down segregation.”

We’ve previously covered the ramifications of the Inclusive Communities Project’s original suit against the state in 2012, which forced Texas to change the way it awarded federal housing tax credits in order to reduce the concentration of low income housing in racially segregated, low opportunity neighborhoods.

The Weekly story, “Banking on the Poor,” dives into the history behind that segregated housing, including previous desegregation efforts the Inclusive Communities Project has pursued in Texas. And it looks into the real difference that the 2012 ruling, which the state has now appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, has made in the lives of low income families seeking better opportunities and more choice in their housing.

It’s an insightful and valuable look at the context surrounding this critical court case. You can read the whole story at the Fort Worth Weekly‘s website.