BEYOND THE NUMBERS
Housing Policies to Expand Access to High-Opportunity Communities
In a post for Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), CBPP Vice President for Housing Policy Barbara Sard commented on several papers delivered at a recent JCHS symposium on the consequences of residential segregation and on promising strategies to foster more inclusive communities. Here’s the opening:
The three papers from the rich and provocative A Shared Future symposium that focused on what it would take for housing subsidies to overcome affordability barriers to inclusion in all neighborhoods provide a multi-faceted and nuanced set of approaches that would expand possibilities for lower-income, non-white families to live in higher-opportunity communities. While these are important approaches that should be part of the policy portfolio, efforts to expand opportunities should also recognize that tenant-based vouchers are, and will likely remain, the primary policy tool for enabling poor and near-poor families to live in higher-opportunity communities. . . .