COMMUNITY VOICES | Report on subsidized housing, segregation got it wrong

Last week the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO) of the University of Minnesota’s Law School issued a report on subsidized housing in the Twin Cities region. Reforming Subsidized Housing Policy in the Twin Cities to Cut Costs and Reduce Segregation suggests, among other things, that too much affordable housing is being built in the central cities of the region compared to the suburbs. It further argues that the system of affordable housing production and the actions of nonprofit housing developers explain the imbalance and make the development of affordable housing in the central city more costly than comparable housing in the suburbs. Finally, the report suggests that affordable housing production in the central city does not generate neighborhood benefits. Unfortunately, the report’s conclusions regarding each of these are highly suspect due to the lack of adequate data and flawed analysis. Continue Reading