New HUD Guidelines Banning Housing Discrimination Against Ex-Offenders Is a Move Towards Housing Equality

Article ID: 651065

Released: 4-Apr-2016 4:05 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Cornell University

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Newswise — Cornell professor Matthew Hall is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on racial and ethnic inequality in neighborhoods. He believes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is doing the right thing by enforcing new guidelines that will lead towards greater racial equality in housing access.

Bio: http://www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=msh284

Hall says:

“These new guidelines on how housing discrimination laws will be enforced may seem minor, but given the substantial racial disparities in arrest and conviction, they represent an important step toward greater racial equality in housing access.”

“The research is clear that high-quality housing and neighborhoods provide important advantages for individuals and their families. These new guidelines by HUD will help to reduce unequal access to these benefits, especially for black and Latino families who have disproportionately been targeted by ‘tough on crime’ policing strategies.”

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