PRRAC's Philip Tegeler Posts Huff Post Blog On New HUD Transportation Policy That Disadvantages Poor Communities

Jan 16, 2013, 12:28 ET from Policy & Race Research Action Council

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Philip Tegeler, executive director of the Policy & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), today posted a Huffington Post blog on a new transportation policy from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that may inadvertently cause a negative impact on residents of urban, low-income communities.

Mr. Tegeler writes that for decades, metropolitan transportation systems have contributed to residential segregation, particularly in older cities. Routinely, he writes, communities with high tax bases and good schools have declined to invest in either affordable transit or affordable housing, creating difficult barriers for low-income people who sought to join them.

"The Department of Housing and Urban Development may soon inadvertently help communities strengthen these barriers," he writes. "HUD is proposing to use existing transportation grids as a guide for concentrating even more low-income families in otherwise resource-poor neighborhoods, by locating government-assisted housing where transportation costs are low."  

Mr. Tegeler says HUD's new "Housing and Transportation Affordability Initiative" evolved from the "Housing + Transportation Index," engineered by the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago. "The H+T Index was originally designed to assist regional planners in restraining destructive housing sprawl, and to help homebuyers assess the combined cost of transportation and housing for homes located far from job centers," he writes.

Read Mr. Tegeler's full blog at Please join the conversation!  PRRAC, a civil rights policy organization based in Washington, D.C., supports public policy that addresses residential segregation in America.  You can receive PRRAC's bimonthly updates via email by clicking HERE.     

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PRRAC connects advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and promotes a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality issues. PRRAC is pursuing work in housing, education, and health, focusing on the importance of "place" and the consequences of housing segregation on low-income families in the areas of health, education, employment, and incarceration.

(To schedule print or broadcast interviews with Mr. Tegeler, please contact Michael K. Frisby at or 202-625-4328; Kimberly Alleyne at or 703-855-9604.)

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