2007 Fair Housing Trends Report

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In this first decade of the twenty‐first century, when the attention of so many faces outward toward the international world, Americans find themselves confronting a dire crisis right here at home. With four out of every five families making their home in a metropolitan area, the persistent unequal distribution of residential opportunities within our cities constitutes a grave injustice that lies, quite literally, at our doorsteps. Contrary to the rosy portraits painted by some who extol America as a land of unbridled opportunity, the facts are unequivocal: our cities remain segregated—indeed hypersegregated—thanks in large part to individual and systemic racial discrimination in our nation’s housing markets.