Fair Housing Policy Initiatives

The FHJC advocates for programs and policies that advance the development of more open, accessible, and inclusive communities.  In order to counteract the effects of past and current discriminatory housing practices and break the cycle of inequality in our metropolitan regions, policies and programs must be explicitly tailored to increase housing choice and expand opportunities for all populations.

The CHOICE Initiatve (Creating Hope for Open & Inclusive Communities Everywhere) is a project of the FHJC designed to encourage the development of mixed-income and racially diverse housing opportunities in low poverty areas.  The goals of the CHOICE are to:

  1. Provide lower income households with greater access to opportunities in low-poverty neighborhoods;
  2. Create  more open and inclusive communities; and
  3. Reduce inequality and reverse the harm caused by systemic housing discrimination, past and present.

To learn more about mixed-income housing being building low-poverty areas across the country, read the CHOICE Initiative’s 2007 report entitled “Increasing Access to Low-Poverty Areas by Creating Mixed-Income Housing.”

Also, check out our 2008 report about tenant experiences in these mixed-income housing sites in low-poverty areas entitled Living in Mixed-Income Housing:  Profiles and Future Directions.”  This addendum report contains a collection of preliminary observations; tenant demographic and economic information; information about amenities and services; along with a snapshot view of life at four mixed-income rental developments in California, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

In August 2013, the FHJC released a major policy report on the distribution of federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in the New York City region  The premise of the report is that where affordable housing opportunities are located matters. The report examines where over 52,000 LIHTC units were developed in the New York City region between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2007.  The goal of the project was to examine the relationship between the location of LIHTC housing and the poverty concentration and racial/ethnic composition of neighborhoods.  The report found that the majority of affordable family LIHTC units were concentrated in poor minority neighborhoods, mostly in New York City.  Government policies that limit housing choices available to lower-income minority families, maintain residential segregation, and increase poverty concentration run afoul of the duty to affirmatively further fair housing.  Please read the detailed findings and recommendations in our report entitled “Choice Constrained, Segregation Maintained: Using Federal Tax Credits to Provide Affordable Housing.”