In recent decades, governments at the local, state and federal levels have poured billions of dollars into community development. Major initiatives have included the construction of public housing, the demolition and redevelopment of that public housing and, most recently, the expansion of tax credit-funded low-income housing. Although the broader needs of low-income populations have received some attention, the primary focus of policy has fallen on providing access to affordable housing. Despite decades of effort and investment, income inequality and income segregation continue to grow, and areas of concentrated poverty are again on the rise.
How can policies be reformed or overhauled to build a more equitable and inclusive society? How can communities engage collectively to implement an anti-segregation agenda? Our work in inclusive housing seeks to tackle these major challenges of the 21st century.