Working with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Maryland ACLU on behalf of more than 15,000 public housing residents represented in a class action lawsuit, the Institute has helped design a remedial fair housing strategy for the Baltimore region. The Institute’s opportunity mapping and opportunity based housing model was utilized to design a 7,000 … Continue reading »
In response to a state level opportunity mapping initiative in Massachusetts, the State has recently embraced a new subsidy program to develop affordable rental housing in high opportunity areas. The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (a State affiliated nonprofit affordable housing entity) has committed $5 million in zero percent interest, second mortgage financing to support affordable rental … Continue reading »
The recently unveiled Connecticut Opportunity Mapping initiative, conducted on behalf of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, has already impacted policy in the State. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has referenced this initiative in the State’s recently released official Long range Housing Plan, voicing support for the model policies presented by the Kirwan … Continue reading »
Working with the housing advocacy organization Green Doors in Austin, Texas, the Institute completed an opportunity mapping assessment of the Austin region. Since the completion of this work, advocates across Austin have utilized the opportunity maps to inform decisions. Recently, the City of Austin’s affordable housing development programs utilized the Institute’s opportunity maps to assess … Continue reading »
Working with DART affiliate BREAD (Building Responsibility Equity and Dignity), the Institute conducted research to illustrate areas of extreme housing need in Columbus, OH. The research was utilized to fuel an advocacy campaign which succeeded in expanding funding for extremely low income householdsthrough the Franklin County Housing Trust Fund.