Local issues

Austin’s poisonous legacy of housing segregation exposed

In an exceptional three-part print and video journalism series titled “Inheriting Inequality,” Austin American-Statement economics reporter Dan Zehr explores how as Austin booms, the poisonous legacy of segregation continues to cut off the African-American population from economic opportunities and its own cultural anchors, threatening the whole region’s potential.

Let’s hope the US Supreme Court considers this as they hear arguments in State of Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project this week.  The Fair Housing Act must not be undermined as the State of Texas seeks to do if we are to ever overcome this legacy of housing segregation.

Read the series in the Austin American-Statesman: http://projects.statesman.com/news/economic-mobility/

I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community. These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.

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