Discrimination in Public Housing Under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974: A Critique of the New Haven Experience

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Local housing authorities can achieve income mix by altering their admissions criteria to favor higher income tenants with socio-economic characteristics different from those of current tenants. This approach has been used by housing authorities of several cities, including New Haven, Wilmington, and Kansas City. The second approach, is to distribute new tenants among existing projects so that each project has a range of incomes and social characteristics. This second method of implementation would be furthered by construction of scatter-site, low-density public housing in neighborhoods where the existing population would provide a balance to the population of the public housing units, thus preventing the creation of neighborhoods with concentrations of deprived families. This Article argues that given the limited supply of public housing units, the latter method of implementing the income mix policy is more acceptable.

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Discrimination, Housing

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Ellen Gesmer (United States District Court, Boston, MA)

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