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Megan Haberle, "An Evolving Fair Housing Movement: Forging New Partnerships and Agendas Across Policy Areas," (Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, May 2018)

"Fair Housing and Environmental Justice: New Strategies and Challenges," (Megan Haberle, Journal of Affordable Housing, January 2018)

"Disrupting the Reciprocal Relationship between Housing and School Segregation" (Philip Tegeler and Michael Hilton, November 2017)

"Predicting School Diversity Impacts of State and Local Education Policy: The Role of Title VI" (Philip Tegeler, 2016)

"Residential Segregation and Brain Development: Implications for Equitable Educational Opportunities" (Michael Hilton, 2016)

"Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: A Platform for Public Health Advocates" (American Journal of Public Health, June 2016)

Building Opportunity II: A Fair Housing Assessment of State Low Income Housing Tax Credit Plans (PRRAC, May 2015)

Leveraging the Power of Place: Using Pay for Success to Support Housing Mobility, by Dan Rinzler, Low Income Investment Fund; Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council; Mary Cunningham, Urban Institute; and Craig Pollack, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (San Francisco Federal Reserve, July 2015)

Constraining Choice: The Role of Online Apartment Listing Services in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (July 2015)

Finishing Last: Girls of Color and School Sports Opportunities (April 2015)

A Better Start: Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education (April 2015)

Equitable Transit Oriented Development (March 2015)

Investing in Integration? A Fair Housing Review of the Multi-Billion Dollar Bank Settlements (March 2015)

Peter Rosenblatt and Jennifer Cossyleon, "Take a Chance on Me": A Review of the Milwaukee County HOME Security Deposit Assistance Program (January 2015)

Is the HOME Program Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing? (a PRRAC Program Review, September 2013)

Philip Tegeler, The "Compelling Government Interest" In School Diversity: Rebuilding The Case For An Affirmative Government Role (University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 2014)

America's Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race (March 2014) Edited by Chester W. Hartman; Foreword by Luis Gutierrez, U.S. Congressman

From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit (Edited by Chester Hartman, Gregory D. Squires, 2013)

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing at HUD: A First Term Report Card (Part II: HUD Enforcement of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Requirement) (Lawyers Committee, National Fair Housing Alliance, and PRRAC, March 2013)

An Early Assessment of Off-Site Replacement Housing, Relocation Planning and Housing Mobility Counseling in HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, by Martha Galvez (March 2013)

Increasing Housing Choices: How Can the MTW Program Evolve to Achieve its Statutory Mandate? (March 2013)

Creating Balance in the Locations of LIHTC Developments: The Role of Qualified Allocation Plans, by Jill Khadduri (February 2013)

Expanding Choice: Practical Strategies for Building a Successful Housing Mobility Program (February 2013)

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing at HUD: A First Term Report Card (January 2013)

Accessing Opportunity: Recommendations for Marketing and Tenant Selection in LIHTC and Other Housing Programs (December 2012)

From Urban Renewal and Displacement to Economic Inclusion: San Francisco Affordable Housing Policy 1978-2012, by Marcia Rosen and Wendy Sullivan (November 2012)

Do Federally Assisted Households Have Access to High Performing Public Schools? (November 2012), by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Keren Mertens Horn

Diverse Charter Schools by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter (May 2012)

Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration (October 2011)

Opportunity and Location in Federally Subsidized Housing Programs: A New Look at HUD's Site & Neighborhood Standard As Applied to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (October 2011)

A Lost Decade: Neighborhood Poverty and the Urban Crisis of the 2000s by Rolf Pendall, Elizabeth Davies, Lesley Freiman, Rob Pitingolo (Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies, September 2011)

Building Sustainable, Inclusive Communities, by David Rusk (May 2010)

New Homes, New Neighborhoods, New Schools: A Progress Report on the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program by Lora Engdahl (PRRAC and the Baltimore Regional Housing Campaign, October 2009)

Chester Hartman and Greg Squires, "Lessons from Katrina: Structural Racism As a Recipe for Disaster" in Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers, and Policymakers, co-edited by Roger Clay and Susan Jones. Reprinted by permission of the American Bar Association. Copyright 2009.

Connecting Families to Opportunity: a Resource Guide for Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrators (July 2009)

Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond (Lexington Books, 2009), Edited by Chester Hartman

Bringing Children Together: Magnet Schools and Public Housing Redevelopment (2009)

The Future of Race Conscious Goals in National Housing Policy by Philip Tegeler, in Public Housing and the Legacy of Segregation (M. Turner et al, eds, Urban Institute Press, 2009)

Final Report and testimony to the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (December 2008)

Building Opportunity: Civil Rights Best Practices in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (2008), a 50-state survey by PRRAC and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Organizing to Address Minority Health Disparities: A Directory of State and Local Initiatives (2008 Edition)

CERD Health Report: Unequal Health Outcomes in the United States (2008)

CERD Housing Report: Residential Segregation and Housing Discrimination in the United States (2008)

Connecting Families to Opportunity: The Next Generation of Housing Mobility Policy by Philip Tegeler (2008)

Improving and Expanding Hartford's Project Choice Program (2007)

Boston's METCO Program: Lessons for the Hartford Area (2007)

Rebuilding a Healthy New Orleans : Final Conference Report of the New Orleans Health Disparities Initiative (with the Alliance for Healthy Homes, the Center for Social Inclusion, and the Health Policy Institute, 2007)

"New Directions for U.S. Housing Policy" by Philip Tegeler in The Erosion of Rights (Citizen's Commission on Civil Rights 2007).

There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina (Routledge 2006), edited by Gregory Squires (of PRRAC's Social Science Advisory Board) and PRRAC Director of Research Chester Hartman. Available through the publisher or from Amazon.

Are States Using the Low Income Tax Credit to Enable Families with Children to Live in Low Poverty and Racially Integrated Neighborhoods? A new report sponsored by PRRAC and the National Fair Housing Alliance (2007)

"Lawyers and Social Change: Taking the Long View in Baltimore" (Next American City, September 2005)

Poverty & Race in America: The Emerging Agendas, PRRAC's 3rd "best of Poverty & Race" volume has been published by Lexington Books. The 456-page collection is edited by PRRAC Director of Research Chester Hartman, with a Foreword by Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Featuring over six dozen pieces (some in symposium form) originally published in Poverty & Race between mid-2001 and 2005 -- many updated and revised for this volume -- the book's sections cover Race/Racism, Poverty, Education, Housing, Health, and Democracy. The 91 contributors to the collection represent the best of progressive thought and activism on America's two most salient, and seemingly intractable, domestic problems. The book is ideal for a range of college, graduate school and high school courses. Paperback edition is $34.95, hardback $95. Order from 800/462-6420 (if you mention code 856POVRA you can get a 20% discount). For faculty examination copies, contact

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Keeping the Promise: Preserving and Enhancing Housing Mobility in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program: Final Conference Report of the Third National Conference on Housing Mobility (2005) (edited by Philip Tegeler, Mary Cunningham, and Margery Austin Taylor) contains the best current thinking on housing mobility policy. Bound copies are available from PRRAC for $12 each (including shipping) or a PDF may be downloaded from our website:

PRRAC Executive Director Philip Tegeler and a number of PRRAC's research partners have chapters in The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America, edited by Xavier de Souza Briggs, who is also a member of PRRAC's Social Science Advisory Board. The book explores the many facets of metropolitan segregation and opportunity, and provides an excellent overview of the most important new research and policy work in this area. The Geography of Opportunity is published by the Brookings Institution Press and is available at (not available through PRRAC).

PRRAC Director of Research Chester Hartman is co-editor of A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda, just published by Temple Univ. Press. Contributors include Chris Tilly, Nancy Denton, Peter Dreier, Peter Marcuse, Dennis Keating, Emily Achtenberg, Robert Wiener, David Bryson, Larry Yates, Michael Swack, Jon Pynoos, Christy Nishita, Susan Saegert, Helene Clark, Rob Rosenthal, Maria Foscarinis, & John Davis. Co-edited by Rachel Bratt, Michael Stone, & Chester Hartman. Available for $40 from 800/621-2736 (not available through PRRAC). Link to Temple listing: Examination copies from, 215/204-0996.

"Housing and School Segregation: Government Culpability, Government Remedies." (2005) These three historical studies, by Arnold Hirch, Raymond Mohl, and David Freund, funded by a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation, trace the development of federal housing and transportation policies in relation to increasing housing and school segregation in American metropolitan areas. These studies take a much closer look at the early decisions and policies within the federal ,bureaucracy that have been broadly described in works like Douglas Massey & Nancy Denton's American Apartheid.

- Arnold Hirsch, "The Last and Most Difficult Barrier: Segregation and Federal Housing Policy in the Eisenhower Administration, 1953-1960" (2005)

- Raymond Mohl, "The Interstates and the Cities: Highways, Housing, and the Freeway Revolt" (2002)

- David Freund, "Democracy's Unfinished Business: Federal Policy and the Search for Fair Housing, 1961-1968" (2004)

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching (2004) provides lessons and articles on how to go beyond a "heroes" approach to the Civil Rights Movement.
As one of the most commonly taught stories of people's struggles for social justice, the Civil Rights Movement has the capacity to help students develop a critical analysis of United States history and strategies for change. However, the empowering potential is often lost in a trivial pursuit of names and dates. By putting the Movement back into civil rights teaching, we hope to help students find their connection to history and learn about the roles they can play in fighting injustice today. This publication challenges many of the myths about the Movement, making it clear, for example, that the Movement was made by thousands of people and organizations -- not a few exceptional heroes.
Published by the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) and by Teaching for Change, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching includes interactive, interdisciplinary lessons, readings, photographs, primary documents, and interviews, with sections on education, labor, citizenship, culture, and reflections on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. 576 pages. Available for $25 from
Funded by the Akonadi Foundation; Susan A. & Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation; Center for Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER); Humanities Council of Washington, DC; Fannie Mae Foundation; George Gund Foundation.

"Evictions: The Hidden Housing Problem" is a 41-page commissioned article, by PRRAC Director of Research Chester Hartman and David Robinson of Legal Services for NYC, appearing in Vol. 14, Issue 4 (2003) of Housing Policy Debate, the Fannie Mae Foundation Journal, along with commentaries by Michael Schill of NYU, Dennis Keating of Cleveland State Univ. and Lenore Monello & Skip Schloming of the Small Property Owners Assn. The article reviews definitional issues, the available data on evictions — particularly as they affect lower-income and minority tenants — and model efforts to reduce the incidence and impact of evictions. The article ends with a call for developing a national database on evictions: who's being evicted, for what reason, and what happens to evictees. The articles and commentaries can be downloaded at and subscriptions to the quarterly HPD are free from the Fannie Mae Foundation, 4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW, N. Tower #1, Wash., DC 20016-2804, fax: 202/274-8111.

Improving Education for Mobile Students
(Fall 2003) A 64-page handbook written for PRRAC by Lynora Williams, with a Foreword by Wendy Puriefoy of The Public Education Network. Drawing on the material from the Winter 2003 Journal of Negro Education ("Student Mobility: How Some Children Get Left Behind"), co-edited by PRRAC's Director of Research Chester Hartman, Fragmented outlines the specific classroom mobility issues faced by low-income and minority students, especially homeless, immigrant, farmworker, special ed and foster children; and provides a series of specific action steps to ameliorate this problem — drawn from "best practices" case studies from Chicago, Texas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Dept. of Defense schools. $5/copy (bulk discounts available by calling the PRRAC office at 202/906-8023).

"False HOPE: A Critical Assessment of the HOPE VI Public Housing Redevelopment Program" (2003) by the National Housing Law Project, PRRAC, Sherwood Research Associates, and ENPHRONT. Nearly a decade ago, the HOPE VI program was launched to address the most troubled portion of the public housing stock, the small percentage of public housing sites that were “severely distressed.” HOPE VI is a competitive grant program, under which public housing authorities (PHAs), local entities that administer federal housing programs, apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding to redevelop or demolish public housing sites. While it was intended to be a solution to severely distressed public housing, HOPE VI has been the source of new problems as serious as those it was created to address.

"Student Mobility: How Some Children Get Left Behind" Winter 2003 issue of The Journal of Negro Education, guest editors Chester Hartman (PRRAC Director of Research) and Todd Michael Franke (UCLA). High student mobility is a serious, underrecognized education problem. Classrooms, particularly those in low-income and minority areas, may have 50-75% turnover within the academic year. Homeless, immigrant, farmworker, special education, and foster children are especially impacted. The major education reforms put forward — smaller classes and schools, lower teacher/student ratios, better-trained teachers, improved physical plant and facilities, increased emphasis on testing and accountability, etc. — all are undermined, if not made irrelevant, if the classroom is a revolving door. Stable students, teachers, administrators, and the school itself all suffer.

This 177-page special issue of the JNE stresses the role of housing instability as the principal cause of school instability, focusing as well on internal school factors. Individual chapters treat the special conditions and needs of various student subpopulations affected. And a series of five "best practices" case studies — from Chicago, Minneapolis, Texas, California, and Department of Defense schools — illustrate the range of needed reforms. This pdf file includes an order form and the Table of Contents.

"Millennial Misfire" (July/Aug 2002) Shelterforce by Chester Hartman is a review of the Millennial Housing Commission’s report, “ Meeting Our Nation’s Housing Challenges.”

"High Classroom Turnover: How Children Get Left Behind" (May 2002) by Chester Hartman is a chapter appearing in Rights at Risk: Equality in an Age of Terrorism, the biannual report of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights. The Citizens' Commission, chaired by PRRAC Board member William L. Taylor, issued, on Lincoln's birthday ("Is the Republican Party still the party of Lincoln?") the 7th in its series of biannual reports chronicling "the progress of the incumbent administration, executive branch agencies and Congress in carrying out both their moral and legal duties to end discrimination and advance civil rights and opportunities for all Americans." The new report, edited by Dianne M. Piche, William L. Taylor & Robin A. Reed, contains 21 chapters, covering education, the courts, housing, political participation, affirmative action and employment, justice, lesbian and gay rights, and the digital divide. Among the other contributors are PRRAC Board Chair John Boger ("The New Legal Attack on Educational Diversity in America's Elementary & Secondary Schools") and PRRAC Board member john a. powell ("Urban Fragmentation as a Barrier to Equal Opportunity"). The 350-page report is available for $15 ($10 low-income/students) from the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, 2000 M St. NW, #400, Washington, DC 20036, 202/659-5565. The report is also available on the Commission's website at

Add It Up:
Using Research to Improve Education for Low-Income and Minority Students

(2001) A spin-off of our prior conference, "Effective Education for Low-Income and Minority Students." This well-designed, 61-page handbook is aimed at education reformers within and outside of the system. Written by Anne Lewis in collaboration with Sandra Paik; Foreword by Judith Johnson. You can view and print a PDF version, or order the print version for $5 (postage included); bulk discounts available.

Challenges to Equality:
Poverty and Race in America

(2001) A second volume of the best articles and symposia from Poverty & Race, our bimonthly publication, on the country's two most important, and seemingly intractable, social problems - and the added impact when they intersect.

Double Exposure:
Poverty and Race in America

(1997) The best articles and symposia from Poverty & Race, our bimonthly publication, on the country's two most important, and seemingly intractable, social problems, and the added impact when they intersect.

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