“Integration and Equity 2.0”: We were excited to be included in this collection of essays commissioned by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) on contemporary school integration challenges and opportunities, along with many members of the National Coalition on School Diversity (and members of NCSD’s Research Advisory Panel). PRRAC’s contributions included chapters on “Prioritizing School Integration in the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Process” and “Supporting School Integration Through the Federal Housing Choice Voucher Program.”
Still time to register for an important webinar this afternoon on the relation between school funding and school segregation. Join PRRAC and NCSD for a “P&R Live” session today at 3:00 pm ET highlighting authors from our recent special issue of Poverty & Race, “The interconnection between school finance and segregation.” Moderated by PRRAC Board member Chinh Le, the event will feature Saba Bireda, Osamudia James, Ann Owens, and David Sciarra. Register here!
Funds for implementing SAFMRs: For Public Housing Authorities that are adopting higher payment standards based on HUD’s “Small Area Fair Market Rents” (giving families with vouchers wider choices of where to live), extra funds are available to reimburse for implementation costs – but you must apply before October 31. See HUD Notice 2023-07 at page 16 (we are not sure what happens to this deadline if there is a government shutdown…).
Funds for zoning reform? Applications for HUD’s Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing grant funding are open until October 30. The funding is meant to help cities and counties lower barriers to affordable housing. But all barriers are not created equal: the Alliance for Housing Justice has put forward principles for equitable zoning reform, that target exclusionary zoning from a civil rights perspective. Required reading for cities and counties applying for these funds!
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