Lancaster Online: The need to expand housing access for all county residents

Lancaster Online, August 16, 2020: The need to expand housing access for all county residents

In late July, the federal government repealed the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

That rule was the first time a key provision of the landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968 was put into effect in a meaningful way. It protected the elderly, people with disabilities, people of color and others from discrimination in housing. Repealing the rule was a step backward.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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