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Megan Haberle

Position: Senior Director of Policy
Phone: 202-524-4889

Megan Haberle is Senior Director of Policy at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Megan came to NCRC from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she was a Senior Policy Counsel leading LDF’s economic justice policy work. Her portfolio at LDF included fair housing, environmental justice, community development, equitable infrastructure, and other aspects of a fair economy.

Previously, Megan worked at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council for nine years, serving as PRRAC’s Deputy Director from 2018-2021 and as Director of Housing Policy from 2017-2018.  At PRRAC, she led work on policy design and advocacy, public education, and community-based technical assistance, striving to reform and harness government programs in the interest of civil rights, with a focus on advancing fair housing and environmental justice. She has spoken and published widely on those issues. She also served as the editor of PRRAC’s quarterly journal, Poverty & Race. Before coming to PRRAC, Megan worked at The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice policy and communications lab, as Economic Opportunity Fellow and Associate Counsel. Her work there focused primarily on equitable economic recovery policies, including fair housing, housing finance reform, and the application of civil rights law to infrastructure investments. She has also worked in private litigation practice in New York.

Megan is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was an Executive Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and Swarthmore College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology.  Prior to law school, she worked at the ACLU National Legal Department supporting its racial justice litigation, and as an English teacher in South Korea. She grew up in New Hampshire.

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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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