Fannie Mae Foundation
Popular wisdom has it that the development of project-based assisted housing will cause whites to flee or avoid the surrounding neighborhood, leading to rapid racial transition. This article examines the question of whether the development of several types of project-based, federally assisted housing had an impact on neighborhood racial transition during the 1980s. In general, the development of assisted housing in a neighborhood did not lead to racial transition, nor did it approach levels suggesting white flight in the few instances where racial transition did occur. The results of the reported analysis suggest that one of the major criticisms of project-based assisted housingthat it contributes to racial segregation by causing white flight is not supported by empirical evidence.
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