Housing Affordability for Households of Color in Massachusetts

Abstract

While housing is deeply significant for all of us, in our society it tends to pose particular challenges to many, if not most, people of color. For one thing, households of color continue to have considerably lower incomes, on average, than White-headed households. This means that households of color can, on average, afford less and therefore have fewer housing choices available, just for economic reasons alone. Yet we are not in a world where differential housing choices are determined only by ability to pay. Residential segregation by race persists and is not merely a consequence of unacceptable practices of the past; housing discrimination remains disturbingly wide-spread even though formally and legally proscribed. Restricted housing opportunities for people of color have consequences for educational opportunity and thus, ultimately, for employment opportunity, hence for income and thus—in a cumulative causal cycle—for housing opportunity

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