Housing and Race Resources

Looking for housing and race information and resources? You’ve come to the right place! Currently, our resources are slightly California-centric; that’s our service area after all. If you have region-specific resources please share them with us as we would love to broaden our scope. Any suggestions, additions, or comments? Have a great site or article that you want to share? We would love to hear from you! Please use the “Contact the REP” button on the right.

General Information

Center for Urban Policy Research

  • Site Summary: The Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) provides “basic and applied research on a broad spectrum of public policy issues. CUPR, a component of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is nationally and internationally recognized for its research on affordable housing, land use policy, environmental impact analysis, state planning, public finance, land development practice, historic preservation, infrastructure assessment, development impact analysis, the costs of sprawl, transportation information systems, environmental impacts, and community economic development. As a full-time academic research institution, CUPR has developed a wide array of fiscal, environmental, transportation, and quality of life impact models that have been used in major public policy evaluations throughout the United States.”
  • Suggested Uses: A good starting point to research housing, land-use, equitable development and other related issues.

Fair Housing Legal Support Center

  • Site Summary: The Fair Housing Legal Support center educates “the public about fair housing law and… provide[s] legal assistance to… private or public organizations that seek to eliminate discriminatory housing practices.”
  • Suggested Uses: The Fair Housing Legal Support center has a detailed Primer on Fair Housing Law and a very useful handout for community education, A Layperson’s Guide to Fair Housing Law.

National Housing Law Project

  • Site Summary: The National Housing Law Center (NHLP) “advance[s] housing justice for the poor by increasing and preserving the supply of decent affordable housing, by improving existing housing conditions, including physical conditions and management practices, by expanding and enforcing low-income tenants’ and homeowners’ rights, and by increasing opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities.”
  • Suggested Uses: A good general information site for various housing topics. Although the site does not address race equity issues in housing directly, the resources are helpful, particularly for the new advocate.

National Low Income Housing Coalition

  • Site Summary: “The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is dedicated… to ending America’s affordable housing crisis.” NLIHC focuses its “advocacy on those with the most serious housing problems, the lowest income households.” NLIHC resources center on economic status rather than race or ethnicity.
  • Suggested Uses: Need data sets, research reports, or public polling on low-income housing? The NLIHC research department has you covered.


  • Site Summary: “PolicyLink is a national research and action institute that works collaboratively to develop and implement local, state, and federal policies to achieve economic and social equity. PolicyLink collaborates with a broad range of partners to implement strategies to ensure that everyone, including those from low-income communities of color, can contribute to and benefit from economic growth and prosperity.” We love PolicyLink and we think you will too. Take a look at their amazing Equitable Development Toolkit which has more information than we could possibly list.
  • Suggested Uses: A good starting point for a variety of housing and race topics. The Equitable Development Toolkit has something for everyone.

Poverty & Race Research Action Council: Housing

  • Site Summary: This site provides a listing of recent articles, PRRAC advocacy project updates, current PRRAC projects, avalable grants, and a research guide.
  • Suggested Uses: PRRAC provides a complete listing of their current housing research with links to research and advocacy documents. Also, take a look at PRRAC’s FAQ about Housing Related Issues.

Race and Ethnicity Housing Statistics & Mapping

American FactFinder

  • Site Summary: American FactFinder is the portal to U.S Census Bureau data. Although decennial census data is the most complete, you may be able to find more up-to-date data using the American Community Survey.
  • Suggested Uses: Cenus Bureau data can be used for all sorts of race and housing advocacy projects and citing to a federal agency gives your presentation an added degree of credibility. One word of caution, American FactFinder has a learning curve. This curve is rather steep if you are learing how to access and compile customized data tables. Take a look at the data available for physical charachteristics of housing and for financial charachteristics of housing.

Center for Urban Policy Research: State of the Nation’s Cities Project

  • Site Summary: This is a database on 77 American cities and suburbs. The database brings together over 3,000 variables from a wide variety of sources, allowing easy comparability of indicators on employment and economic development, demographic measures, housing and land-use, income and poverty, fiscal conditions, and a host of other health, social, and environmental indicators.
  • Suggested Uses: Any data need related to a covered city or metropolitan area.

Home & Communities: Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Site Summary: HUD provides this Beta version Internet mapping application in conjunction with ESRI. It provides mapping tools and data sources to support community and housing advocacy and includes HUD housing and community development data, EPA data, FEMA data, and U.S. Census Bureau (2000 and 1990) data.
  • Suggested Uses: Good tool for to create thematic maps.

Philadelphia Neighborhood Information System

  • Site Summary: Philadelphia NIS is a web-based property and social indicators information system used by city agencies and community based organizations throughout Philadelphia. NIS users research individual properties; run queries to locate comparables; plan, site and evaluate housing development programs; and study neighborhood conditions with user-defined maps, charts and reports.
  • Suggested Uses: Any data or mapping need for the city of Philadelphia.

Print and PDF Material

California Reinvestment Coalition, Who Really Gets Higher-Cost Home Loans (2006)

  • Summary: This article provides an overview of prime and subprime lending and identifies the disproportionate effect of subprime lending on African-Americans and Latinos.

National Housing Law Project, Housing Law Bulletin, Volume 35 (March 2005)

  • Summary: Case analysis of Thompson v. United States Dep’t of Hous. & Urban Dev.. Thompson involved both constitutional and statutory challenges against the Baltimore PHA and HUD for denying access to housing and failing to replace destroyed housing in a discriminatory fashion. The court found HUD liable under Title VIII for failing to use regionalism to facilitate desegregation.

Barbara J Lipman, Locked Out: Keys to Homeownership Elude Many Working Families with Children (2006)

  • Summary: Power Point presentation on study finding that although homeownership is at a record high, homeownership amongst working minority families with children has remained unchanged.

David Rusk, The “Segregation Tax”: The Cost of Racial Segregation to Black Homeowners (date unknown)

  • Summary: Rusk establishes that homeownership has a smaller wealth creating capacity for homeowners of color when compared to white homeowners. The study uses 2000 census data.

Sharing Resources

Please share your housing and race resources. Whether these resources are in the form of a research memo, a presentation, or a web site, sharing resources allows us to maximize our collective impact. We can make documents available for general or restricted release according to your preference. If you have a housing and race issue that you can’t resolve, let us know. We may have something to help in our restricted-release document cache. Please include your name, organization, position, and a description of the type of information needed and for what purpose it will be used. We will try our best to assist you.

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