Because so many of peoples’ experiences are determined by the community in which they live, residential segregation is one of the primary means by which racial inequities are created and maintained in contemporary society. Groups enter the work on housing from multiple points. Some historically and currently work on improving access to home ownership among groups previously shutout from the housing market. Some work on residential integration by race/ethnicity, some work on equalizing the consequences of residential segregation – that is, by improving community safety, education, access to health care, etc. And some groups work on civic and political engagement and power shifts. The resources in this section document the various legal and quasi-legal methods by which segregated neighborhoods are created and maintained. They also provide examples of groups working in some of the different ways described above, as well as in comprehensive approaches.

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