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1990 August - September

Improving and Expanding Housing Opportunities for Poor People and People of Color

Recent Developments in Federal and State Courts

By Phillip Tegeler & Florence Wagman Roisman

Residential segregation exacerbates segregation and discrimination in education, employment, health care, transportation, and every other aspect of modern life. The central thesis of this special, two-part article is that racial integration can and should be achieved without disadvantaging minorities. Indeed, attacks on segregation and discrimination can be used to improve and expand housing opportunities for poor people of color. Part I reviews race-based federal claims and recent developments in federal law; part II examines state court precedents, their relation to the federal cases, and their potential for creating new, integrated housing opportunities for low-income minority persons.

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