NCRC Statement on the Confirmation of Ben Carson as HUD Secretary

Washington, DC Today, in response to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, NCRC’s President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement.

“We congratulate Dr. Carson on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We look forward to working with him to address the many housing challenges facing communities across the country.”

“There is much work to be done. It is critical that he build on the agency’s work to affirmatively further fair housing, prevent homelessness, increase homeownership opportunities through the Federal Housing Administration, ensure strong enforcement of the nation’s fair housing laws, and ensure that the nation’s housing programs are adequately funded so that all Americans have access to safe, affordable housing.”

“Dr. Carson has been entrusted with these important duties. He has the opportunity to have an enormous and positive impact in America’s communities, if he carries out those duties thoughtfully and compassionately. We will be closely monitoring the Trump Administration and Dr. Carson’s progress in carrying out the mission of the agency.”

 

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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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