NCRC looks forward to working with new affordable housing council

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order to create a new administrative council that is expected to tackle the affordable housing crisis facing America by pushing local governments to undo construction barriers. The White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing Development will be chaired by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and contain members from eight administrative agencies. 

Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (www.ncrc.org), made the following statement: 

NCRC looks forward to working with the council on expanding the nation’s affordable housing inventory. We welcome serious dialogue about restrictive local zoning and land use rules that impede this construction. However, this effort can’t be a trojan horse to undermine critical federal funding, consumer protections and fair housing principles in local communities. 

“We applaud localities around the country that are already reexamining their local land use rules in light of their affordable housing needs and taking decisive action. NCRC has co-convened an Affordable Homeownership Coalition with industry stakeholders to help accelerate changes in local zoning rules that can facilitate affordable homeownership for low- and moderate-income families.

“With homeownership at near record lows and the gap between white and black homeownership the largest it has ever been, it is imperative that our government take action. At the same time, we all need to be sure that this action has a positive, not negative, impact on low- and moderate-income communities.”

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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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