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PRRAC Applauds New HUD Regulation On Disparate Impact - Preserves Ability To Address Exclusionary Practices And Policies

PRRAC specializes in research and advocacy to address the causes and consequences of housing segregation. For example, last week, PRRAC issued a "Report Card" on HUD's efforts to promote housing integration in the first term of the Obama Administration. ( And in November, PRRAC published an important research paper, " Do Federally Assisted Households Have Access to High Performing Public Schools?" which looks at the ways that HUD programs tend to place families in lower performing schools.

Mr Tegeler noted that a wide variety of cases would be affected if disparate impact was no longer ruled to apply in fair housing litigation, including:
  • Cases attacking zoning and land-use policies and decisions which restrict private construction of multifamily housing to a largely minority area or block or limit development of affordable housing in communities of opportunity, resulting in both discriminatory denial of housing to minorities and the perpetuation and/or exacerbation of residential segregation.
  • Residency requirements and other admissions procedures imposed by public housing agencies or housing management firms in predominantly white communities which discriminate against minority persons not living in such communities.
  • Cases challenging governmental redevelopment or demolition plans or policies which disproportionately displace minorities by eliminating lower income housing or excluding African American and Latino families from their communities.

About PRRACThe Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a civil rights policy organization convened by major civil rights, civil liberties, and anti-poverty groups in 1989-90. PRRAC's primary mission is to help connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality issues. PRRAC sponsors social science research, provides technical assistance, and convenes advocates and researchers around particular race and poverty issues.  Visit PRRAC online at  To join PRRAC's biweekly email list go to

Contact: Michael Frisby202-625-4328

SOURCE Poverty & Race Research Action Council

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