Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration
The powerful, reciprocal connection between school and housing segregation has long been recognized. The housing-school link was a key element in both the 1968 Kerner Commission Report and in the legislative history of the Fair Housing Act. The relation of school and housing segregation was also explored in a series of school desegregation cases beginning in the 1970s. Yet, in spite of HUD’s duty to “affirmatively further fair housing,” and the parallel “compelling government interest” in the reduction of school segregation, there have been few examples of effective coordination between housing and school policy in the intervening years.