Vincent Reina on Fair Housing in the United States


PISC Senior Scholar Vincent Reina, PhD, was recently featured a Penn Today article. Reina is a co-editor of the recent book Perspectives on Fair Housing. He argues that, although the Fair Housing Act has been essential in addressing racial discrimination in the United States, “it will take more proactive efforts, more proactive policy, planning, and follow-through to truly dismantle racism in housing markets.” The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly exacerbated housing inequities among communities of color across the United States, particularly Black communities. Reina asserts that the pandemic has highlighted the need for federal funding to address urban housing inequities. He concludes, “Every city is different. We know cities need federal support, but local context matters--programs work differently in different places.”


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