Fair Housing Symposium

The past several years have witnessed the most dramatic shifts in planning, law and civil rights in decades. Both the Supreme Court's upholding of key aspects of the Fair Housing Act and HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule provide an unprecedented opportunity for the country to live up to goals of the Fair Housing Act enacted nearly a half century ago. Despite excitement among fair housing advocates and outrage from conservative opponents, however, much uncertainty currently exists about how meaningful the Court’s decision and HUD’s rule will actually be on the ground. Held every Tuesday at 12:30 from September through October, this DUSP faculty colloquium will address crucial topics related to these developments in fair housing, including: what are the immediate consequences of HUD's new rule for municipalities, housing authorities, and residents? What are the consequences for the community development movement? What is fair housing’s promise, and what are its limits? With a program of panel discussions with scholars and practitioners from urban planning, sociology, public policy, law, and related fields, this colloquium will shed light on the ways the new rule and decision will reshape the context for urban policy and development.

All events are open to the public and held from 12:30pm to 2:00pm on MIT campus in room 9-255 inside of Building 9 (the Sam Tak Lee Building, located at 105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, on the 2nd floor). Please click on any individual lunch to connect to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning's Facebook page for additional information and to RSVP.