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Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center

America's public schools remain highly segregated

America's public schools remain highly segregated.  Our new maps show that though US students are racially diverse, many schools are not.

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America's public schools

The Metro Center's work concentrates on the communities—housing developments, neighborhoods, cities, and suburbs—that make up America's urban regions. Our research investigates factors that shape the quality of life in these communities, the opportunities they offer residents, and the effectiveness of federal, state, and local public policies that govern urban housing and neighborhoods.

Changing coercive sexual environments
Gendered violence affects women around the country.  Here's how one community is responding. Read more

Performance measurement for place-based initiatives
Data-driven planning can help keep place-based initiatives on track.  Read more

Will decreasing our national poverty rate actually improve lives?
On poverty, near-poverty, and family well-being.  Read more


Main feature photo by Flickr user Ted Eytan