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. ( http://www.prrac.org/pdf/HUDFirstTermReportCard.pdf) 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.