Location Affordability and Fair Housing on a Collision Course?


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When the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development started using the Location Affordability Index (LAI), a public tool that compares the location affordability of various neighborhoods in the U.S., people began to call for the use of the LAI when siting of new publicly-subsidized low-income rental housing developments. In this article, Jake Weggman and PISC Senior Scholars Erick Guerra and Vincent Reina discuss whether using LAI and other indices could steer such developments into predominantly African American and Latino neighborhoods, and conclude that they should be used carefully lest they unintentionally cause housing segregation.

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