Housing Integration

Thursday, December 06, 2012

ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones; Fred Freiberg, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Justice Center; and Betsy Julian, former Housing and Urban Development executive, discuss why the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which was supposed to help integrate cities, has gone largely unenforced, and what HUD should do to integrate cities. Nikole Hannah-Jones has been reporting on the topic for ProPublica, and you can read her articles here, and she's the author of a Kindle single called Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law.


Fred Freiberg, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Betsy Julian

Comments [6]

Paul from Port Chester

The last thing Port Chester needs is more housing like Rye and Rye Brook refuse to build. Our school district is already overcrowded and services are spread too thin.

Dec. 06 2012 01:53 PM
antonio ortiz from bayside

Question: If I am non white and have the all the appropriate docs approvals and most of all the money to buy in the so called white area of "tarrytown," how can anyone stop me? Wouldn't red flags go up?

Dec. 06 2012 01:47 PM
VillageResident2 from NY

Why does no one address one of the largest benefits of being able to live in a "good neighborhood"? It's the excellent schools that are in boutique school districts like Bronxville (which abuts the city of Mount Vernon), Scarsdale (which is next to the city of White Plains), Rye (next to Port Chester) Edgemont (next to Greenburgh). Look at the differences in the amenities that each district has. The tiny Bronxville school district has a climbing wall and just raised millions of dollars in donations to rebuild their auditorium. Some of the items auctioned at their gala were vacations in private Jackson Hole condos and Caribbean homes. A county-wide school district would offer better amenities for all students and would provide an opportunity to have specialized high schools which could benefit all students. Unfortunately this will never happen because of the effect it would have on property values.

Dec. 06 2012 01:43 PM
BK from NJ

Sorry. Sometimes the regulations are NOT executable.

Dec. 06 2012 01:36 PM
BK from NJ

How does the Fair Housing Act affect the NJ Mt Laurel decision or vice versa? I saw many issues with Mt Laurel type social engineering in Illinois when I lived in Chicago. One north shore town, Kenilworth, was out of compliance with offering low income housing. The problem was that is was a tiny town area-wise that was already fully developed. You would have to buy a $2million house, knock it down, and then build affordable apartments. Sometimes these regs just are executable.

Dec. 06 2012 01:34 PM

There were strenuous efforts made to help integrate cities.
Much of that unreported (that's what happens when news sources, such a WNYC, worship at a singular political philosophy) effort was exerted by our current governor.

" . . . Andrew Cuomo, the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history, made a series of decisions between 1997 and 2001 that gave birth to the country's current crisis. He took actions that—in combination with many other factors—helped plunge Fannie and Freddie into the subprime markets without putting in place the means to monitor their increasingly risky investments. He turned the Federal Housing Administration mortgage program into a sweetheart lender with sky-high loan ceilings and no money down, and he legalized what a federal judge has branded "kickbacks" to brokers that have fueled the sale of overpriced and unsupportable loans. Three to four million families are now facing foreclosure, and Cuomo is one of the reasons why. . . . "

Dec. 06 2012 12:17 PM

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