Government housing policy needs to be harnessed to eliminate the racial inequality it once helped to create.
New York City is in critical need of a housing plan for racial equity. Decades after the Civil Rights movement, the Fair Housing Act, and the Mount Laurel rulings, racial inequality remains one of the city’s most pressing issues. New Yorkers of color are disadvantaged in the housing market by the racial wealth and income gaps; and deprived of equal mobility into neighborhoods more abundant in opportunity, services, and amenities. Many of the discriminatory housing policies and real estate practices that contributed to these disparities were outlawed decades ago. Yet their legacy impacts persist today, and the city has yet to see a housing policy agenda directly aimed to combat racial inequality.
New York City is in critical need of a housing plan for racial equity: a plan that leverages the power of housing policy to eliminate racial inequality from our housing stock and neighborhoods.
Housing Plan for Racial Equity is part of A New Lens for NYC’s Housing Plan, CHPC’s research and education initiative to explore how New York City’s next housing plan could have a broader impact beyond counting units. The next housing plan provides an opportunity for communities and policymakers to widen the discussion, articulate new metrics, and develop a shared vision of housing policy for the city.