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Inclusive Housing: A Public Forum for Policy Action in St. Louis

Date: October 22, 2015
Location: Clark-Fox Forum, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

 ​Inclusive Housing: A Public Forum for Policy Action in St. Louis

Despite the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, stark racial and economic segregation in housing has continued into the present day. How can we reform and reshape policy to address this fundamental American challenge? Tackling local, state, and federal policies, this conference will focus on specific steps we can take to build more inclusive and equitable metropolitan areas.

1:30 p.m. Introductory remarks The Making of Ferguson READ THE REPORT
Based on his 2014 report, “The Making of Ferguson,” Mr. Rothstein will trace the history of policy actions that led to the current segregation of housing in the St. Louis region, and provide a vision for where we should go from here.

3:00 p.m. Panel: Fixing Tax Breaks for Housing and Economic Development
This panel will examine the use of tax incentives for housing and economic development. Where are tax incentives used? Who benefits from these incentives? How could they be reformed to foster greater equity and inclusion? What alternative financing mechanisms could be made available?

Todd Swanstrom (Regional Planning) view presentation
Lance Freeman (Low Income Housing Tax Credits) view presentation
Sarah Coffin (Tax Increment Financing) view presentation
4:30 p.m. Rev. Starsky Wilson: The Ferguson Commission’s Calls to Action for Housing
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Rev. Wilson will discuss the role of the Ferguson Commission in confronting housing segregation, including details on some of the Commission’s specific “calls to action” in this area of policy.
5:00 p.m.  Reception