Discussion 14: Housing Subsidies and Inclusive Communities
Launched on Martin Luther King Jr. Day earlier this year, The Dream Revisited is a slow debate on the causes and consequences of racial and economic segregation in neighborhoods and schools. It is presented as part of the NYU Furman Center’s year-long Integration Research Initiative.
The fourteenth discussion examines the policy issues underlying Texas vs. The Inclusive Communities Project: how government officials should balance the use of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) allocations to create affordable homes in low-poverty neighborhoods with the use of LIHTC allocations to catalyze economic development in high-poverty neighborhoods. Essays in this discussion include:
- "Tax Credits Can and Should Build Both Homes and Opportunity" by Adam Gordon, a Staff Attorney at Fair Share Housing Center and co-founder of Next City magazine.
- "Research Can and Should Play a Role in More Effective Use of LIHTC Resources" by Kathy O'Regan, the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- "Building More Than Housing" by Denise Scott, the Executive Vice President for Programs at Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
- "Yes, And… Don’t Abandon Poor Residents of Gentrifying Neighborhoods" by Robin Hughes, the President and CEO of Abode Communities.
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The Dream Revisited is presented as part of the NYU Furman Center's Integration Research Initiative and supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations. If you have any comments or suggestions for future discussions, send us an email to [email protected]