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It is often said that “knowledge is power” because it gives us the ability to see beyond media spin, our own biases and intentional misinformation and towards truths that can change the status quo.  At ICP we believe that facts are crucially important in the effort to affirmatively further fair housing and stop the perpetuation of segregated housing patterns and discrimination.
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Housing "Choice" Vouchers

ICP Finds HUD’s Proposed SAFMR Rule Primed to Perpetuating Racial Segregation

Read ICP’s comments about HUD’s proposed Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) rule challenging their arbitrary and artificial formulas that limit usage of SAFMRs thereby perpetuating racial segregation in the Dallas Area. ICP Comment on Docket Number FR-5855-P-02

Opening the Door Inclusive Communities Project Video

“Opening the Door” a video by the Voices for Opportunity

Voices for Opportunity (VFO) participants are comprised of low-income renters, social service providers and other community members who want to see an increase in the stock of rental units available to low-income families in high opportunity areas of the Dallas Metroplex. VFO participants share many of the same values, desires and concerns as middle-income residents. Above all else they seek […]


Online guide for advocates to evaluate HUD regular and small area fair market rents

Two SAFMR instructional guides are now available on the Daniel & Beshara, PC website at:  One guide is for those who want to understand the difference SAFMRs can make in a specific area that does not use SAFMRs. This guide uses the Cleveland HUD FMR Area data as the example. The guide evaluates the percent of units made available by […]

Big Results for D/FW from ICP v. TDHCA Litigation: Increase in Housing Access outside Racially Segregated Areas & Reformed 9% LIHTC Allocation Process

To view our video about the results, click here:

ICP v. Greg Abbott re: TX’s ban on local voucher discrimination protection ordinances

ICP’s complaint was filed on February 16, 2017.  You may read the complaint here: Complaint re TX Local Ban FILED 2-16-17

State & Local

ICP’s Apartment Survey Results Shows a Perpetuation of Residential Segregation as Entire Dallas Area Cities are Off-Limits to Housing Choice Voucher Holders

The Inclusive Communities Project directed a survey of private market-rate multi-family apartment complexes in the Dallas region.  There were 1901 properties in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Rockwall counties surveyed.  Only twelve percent (12%) of those surveyed said they will rent to families with a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV).  Only four percent (4%) of the complexes in majority white non-Hispanic zip […]

Share Your Fair Housing Concerns to Your City!

Click here to read more:  AFH PSA 6-20-17 City of Dallas’ May 10, 2017 list of public meetings by council district: Meeting listing posted by North Texas Fair Housing AFH site (University of Texas at Arlington):

OpEd: Will the Galleria/Valley View Area become a Poverty-Free Zone?

The OpEd may be read here:    

ICP Fair Housing Analysis of 9% LIHTC Applications Submitted to City of Dallas & ICP’s Request for City to Support the Carolina Chase Proposal

Read the letter here. ICP ltr to Dallas Council Mayor re LIHTC support submissions 2-

Location, Location, Location

Newly Published Book–The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein, has been praised by leading scholars and civil rights attorneys.  The book includes a photo of ICP’s founder, Elizabeth K. Julian, and ICP client Ms. Bernistine Williams.  

Snapshot: Tax Credits’ Revitalization Outcomes

The use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) alone have not resulted in revitalized neighborhoods. Daniel & Beshara, P.C.’s analysis explores the impacts high concentrations of LIHTC housing. Hatcher Square PowerPoint

Betsy Julian

The “Affordable Housing Industrial Complex”

ICP Founder & Senior Counsel, Elizabeth Julian, discusses the “Affordable Housing Industrial Complex” in her article, Making Wrong Right: The Search for a Durable Urban Policy for Policy and Race Research Action Council.