State of the Dream 2013: A Long Way From Home: Housing Asset Policy and the Racial Wealth Divide

Tim Sullivan, Maz Ali, Carlos Perez de Alejo, Brian Miller and Nicole Marin Baena

To mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, United for a Fair Economy outlines how a national history of racially discriminatory policies and practices created the racial wealth divide that exists today. Worse, present policy perpetuates these patterns. This report offers recommendations for housing, ownership, and wealth creation policies that aim to reduce this divide by designing asset building policies that reach those most in need and not just home-buyers and encouraging alternative ownership models that build community, and not just individual, wealth.  Included are several case studies that highlight action at the local, state, and regional levels to address racial inequality. 

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