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CAFHA conducts important research through a racial-justice lens that reveals critical challenges to fair housing and makes the case for solutions that increase equity and strengthen existing programs.

CAFHA partnered with Shriver Center for Poverty Law to launch this first-of-its-kind report highlights the current mechanics and impacts of aldermanic prerogative within a civil rights legal framework. The findings demonstrate that the City of Chicago has neglected to fulfill its civil rights obligations by failing to ensure a fair balance of power that allows for the development of equitable family affordable housing.

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CAFHA published new research highlighting the underutilization of Homeownership Programs offered by Public Housing Authorities. This report focuses on the opportunities, barriers, and impacts of these programs on Black voucher holders. CAFHA felt this focus was important due to the long-documented history of race-based homeownership exclusion committed against Black Americans, the fact that Cook County voucher holders are predominantly Black, and that discrimination against voucher holders in Cook County is largely rooted in anti-Black racism. 

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In 2017, the Chicago Policy Research Team and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) published Not Welcome: The Uneven Geographies of Housing Choice, a policy report examining source of income discrimination and the experiences of Housing Choice Voucher participants in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

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