Supreme Court Rules Dallas Low-Income Housing Program Created De-Facto Segregation

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The Supreme Court made a long-awaited ruling on whether tax subsidies for low-income housing in Dallas created segregated neighborhoods. The Texas Tribune has the most detailed report on the ruling, in which the high court ruled 5 – 4 against the state of Texas.

Under the Low-Income Tax Credit program, run by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the state gives federal incentives to private developers to build or rehabilitate low-cost apartments, essentially engineering parts of a city’s geography.

The Inclusive Communities Project, a nonprofit devoted to fair housing issues, sued the TDHCA in 2009, arguing that the state doled out tax credits in Dallas in a way that packed minorities into poor neighborhoods and spared white neighborhoods from development of low-income housing. The result is that neighborhoods throughout Dallas remain segregated, the project argued.

We’ve talked before about how a massive, concentrated influx of public housing can affect a neighborhood, sometimes dragging down surrounding property values and creating a ghetto environment. One can hope that this will lead to a more inclusive plan to create and sustain economically diverse neighborhoods.

On the flipside, I’m sure that this ruling will have some wide-reaching affects on Dallas housing and the creation of new affordable developments in the city.

We’ll have more details and analysis as it becomes available.

 

 

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. suzy says

    if you want to work and earn the ability to actually buy a home with your own money, no one is stopping you!

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