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ERIC Number: EJ772848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
Obstacles to Desegregating Public Housing: Lessons Learned from Implementing Eight Consent Decrees
Popkin, Susan J.; Galster, George C.; Temkin, Kenneth; Herbig, Carla; Levy, Diane K.; Richer, Elise K.
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v22 n2 p179-199 Spr 2003
Between 1992 and 1996 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) settled a number of legal cases involving housing authorities and agreed to take remedial action as part of court-enforced consent decrees entered into with plaintiffs. These housing authorities faced significant obstacles that impaired their ability to comply swiftly and fully with all of the elements in the desegregation consent decrees. The obstacles fell into two broad categories: contextual obstacles (racial composition of waiting lists and resident populations, lack of affordable rental housing, and inadequate public transportation), and capacity and coordination obstacles (conflict among implementing agencies and ineffective monitoring by HUD). Findings presented here highlight the sizable potential delay between the time a legal remedy is imposed and when plaintiffs in public housing segregation disputes realize any benefits. They also reinforce the argument that implementation problems will be legion when policies impose a significant scope of required changes on a large number of actors who must collaborate, yet are not uniformly capable or sympathetic to the goals being promoted. (Contains 1 table and 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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