ERIC Number: ED186534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Black Access to Suburban Homeownership: Recommendations for Policy.
Lake, Robert W.
The persistence of racial imbalance in metropolitan population distribution is evidence of the tenacity of housing market discrimination as a determinant of the residential location of whites and blacks. That such segregated patterns persist more than a decade after Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 suggests the need for renewed policy initiatives. This paper summarizes principal findings from a Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research homebuyers survey and suggests new policy directions in the area of fair housing legislation. The scope, assumptions, and remedial approach implicit in Title VIII are discussed, and it is shown that further legislation is required for a comprehensive attack on housing discrimination. Statistical evidence from the "Recent Buyers Survey" is examined in order to develop a framework for understanding the systemic nature of discrimination confronting blacks in a white dominated housing market. Examples of this include (1) the barriers preventing black homebuyers from gaining equal access to information about housing vacancies, and (2) the fact that blacks selling a suburban home confront unequal access to information dissemination channels required to successfully reach an adequate pool of buyers. Finally, it is recommended that the Federal government develop legislation regarding the dissemination of housing vacancy information in order to assure blacks' equal participation in the suburban housing market. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Metropolitan Problems.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Civil Rights Act 1968 Title VIII
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Louisville, KY, April 1980). Tables may be marginally legible due to small print.