Chart of the Day: Central City Share of Subsidized Housing

Here’s a hot-button topic that’s been popping up in the news lately: the argument that subsidized housing isn’t being built in the suburbs, but is being concentraed in the central cities

Here’s one of the charts from Myron Orfield’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, showing the where subsidized housing is being built:


Peter Callahan at Minnpost had another article on it today, about a DC lawsuit. Here’s the takeaway:

The groups bringing the complaint want the two cities to stop over-concentrating low-income housing in already impoverished neighborhoods. Doing so, even while assuring the federal government that they are not, is in violation of both the federal Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act, the complaint says.

On the street level, the difference is dramatic: In high-minority census tracts in Minneapolis, there is one low-income unit for every block; in low-minority tracts, there is a low-income unit every 6.5 miles, the complaint says.

For more on this topic, see the podcast with Orfield, a post I wrote about scale, or David’s take on what “affordable housing” actually is. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.


One Response to Chart of the Day: Central City Share of Subsidized Housing

  1. Will Delaney April 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    Here’s a very recent counterpoint to Orfield’s research conclusions, also from the U of M (Ed Goetz at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs).

    Definitely worth a read as it illuminates the broader range of residential segregation, as well as the often overlooked ways in which governments subsidize and support racially concentrated areas of wealth.

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