Civil Rights & Housing

Civil rights advocates ARE housing advocates


Ending housing discrimination is the “unfinished business” of civil rights.

Due to a legacy of discrimination in the housing sector, not all Americans enjoy the same options and opportunities when seeking an affordable place to live. A lack of affordable housing in a neighborhood exacerbates segregation. Because of historical policies and practices, white families typically have much higher net wealth and incomes than families of color, which creates large differences in purchasing power. As such, white families can disproportionately afford more expensive neighborhoods of opportunity. 

Housing segregation is a significant driver of school segregation

Which causes and perpetuates racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.

In most school districts, attendance boundaries are drawn along neighborhood lines, thereby cementing residential segregation in public schools. In 2014, 43% of students of color were attending high-poverty schools, compared to just 8% of white students.

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