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What Works News Round-Up – June 26, 2015

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

The New York Times (6/25/15) The Supreme Court Keeps the Fair Housing Law Effective
Housing discrimination doesn’t have to be intentional to be illegal. That is the point of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday interpreting the Fair Housing Act of 1968 in accord with clear congressional intent, and preserving a well-established and critical tool in the long-running battle to ensure a more integrated society.

Governing (6/24/15) Homeownership Drops to Lowest Level in Decades
The decline of homeownership in America has persisted for about a decade, showing no signs of slowing down in recent years. Instead, more Americans are renting, often at prices they struggle to afford.

The Washington Post (6/24/15) Poor Whites Live in Richer Neighborhoods than Middle-Class Blacks and Latinos
Poor whites tend to live in more affluent neighborhoods than do middle- class blacks and Latinos, a situation that leaves those minorities more likely to contend with weaker schools, higher crime and greater social problems, according to a new study.

NPR (6/21/15) ‘Project Fatherhood’: In A Struggling Neighborhood, Dads Are Helping Dads
The men of Project Fatherhood have bonded — some tightly — over the years. They have become unafraid to express emotion, and were deeply shaken with John King, the policy and development director from the Housing Authority who is a both guide and honorary member, told the men a thirteen year old girl from a nearby project had committed suicide.

The New York Times (6/20/15) The Cost of Letting Young People Drift
The crisis, in a nutshell, is the isolation of millions of young black and Latino men, who are disengaged from school, work and mainstream institutions generally. The task of bridging that gap has been left to the philanthropic community, which understands the crisis and has undertaken various educational initiatives.

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