NCRC Applauds Confirmation of Marcia L. Fudge to Head of HUD

Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Marcia L. Fudge as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), made the following statement:

“I would like to congratulate Secretary Fudge on her confirmation. HUD plays a vital role in normal times, and now as we stave off further economic impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, the department will be even more important in ensuring our efforts are equitable and targeted to those Americans most in need.

“When we talk about building back better after the pandemic, that’s a literal call to action for HUD, which has broad responsibilities to enforce the nation’s fair housing laws and expand access to safe, affordable housing and resilient economic opportunities in thriving communities everywhere. That’s a daunting agenda half a century after the Fair Housing Act. 

“Americans still live in segregated communities. Our economy has been great for a handful of thriving cities but also a force for gentrification and displacement of longtime, lower-income residents in them. It’s been a disaster for many more communities that have endured decades of disinvestment. Access to affordable housing and homeownership, education, healthcare, jobs, the internet, clean water and healthy food is still largely determined by where you live, and the pandemic has again revealed how intentional, government-sanctioned discrimination in housing and mortgage lending in the 20th Century is reflected today in the prevalence of diseases and reduced lifespans in formerly redlined neighborhoods. We really do need to build back much, much better, and I look forward to working with Secretary Fudge to take on these enormous challenges.

“Overall, I’ve been pleased with the direction of HUD since President Biden’s inauguration, including quick action to enforce anti-discrimination rules that were weakened or ignored in the last administration. I look forward to working with Secretary Fudge and her team to further economic justice for all Americans.”

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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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