Inclusive Communities Project Knowledge is Power Blog
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’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 […]

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 […]

Advocacy

ICP’s Voices for Opportunity Initiative Helps “Justice for Joppa” Campaign Get its First Win

ICP’s Voices for Opportunity Initiative Helps “Justice for Joppa” Campaign Get its First Win Click here to read more:  VFO-JFTA for blog After months of public comments after public comments at Dallas City Council meetings, members of the Joppa Freedman’s Town Association (JFTA) finally won their battle against the inclusion of two batch plants within the confines of their small Dallas […]

Power concedes nothing without demand : Lessons learned by Southeast Dallas residents-Recent Op-ed by ICP President

Read a recent opinion piece by ICP’s president, Demetria McCain, reflecting on the Deepwood Dump fight for neighborhood equity and today’s current struggles in the neighborhood: http://dallasexaminer.com/news/2017/sep/04/power-concedes-nothing-without-demand-lessons-lear/  

Getting Your Fair Housing Concerns Heard-VFO Webinar

Click here to download a recording of this webinar from August 30, 2017: https://www.anymeeting.com/466-056-691/E956DE84874D39 A copy of the webinar slides may be viewed here: Dallas Regional AFH Webinar Slides Aug 30 2017

State & Local

Op-Ed: What Do We Have to Offer Harvey Evacuees?

The Dallas area overflows with charitable giving, but does it have affordable housing to help evacuees?  Read ICP president’s most recent opinion piece. http://dallasexaminer.com/news/2017/sep/11/what-do-we-have-offer-harvey-evacuees/

From Confederacy to Neighborhood Inequity-Recent op-ed by ICP President

Read a recent opinion piece by ICP’s president, Demetria McCain, regarding neighborhood inequity in the City of Dallas. http://dallasexaminer.com/news/2017/aug/28/confederacy-neighborhood-inequity/?page=2#at_pco=smlwn-1.0&at_si=59a6e55a3dabd414&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=0&at_tot=1  

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.