ABAG work to advance fair housing

The Association of Bay Area Governments has announced a new research initiative to help Bay Area planners meet the requirements of AB-686, new legislation to fight housing discrimination.

The research initiative is part of the national Startup in Residence (STIR) program offered by City Innovate, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to improving efficiency and accountability in governments and their services. STIR bridges the gap between the private and public sectors, promoting partnerships to create technology solutions for government-defined issues, ultimately benefitting the public.

The research team, led by UC Merced Professor Jessica Trounstine, will work with ABAG staff over a 16-week residency period to assess and catalog available data that can be used to identify land use and housing policies that contribute to current patterns of racial segregation.

With the recent launch of ABAG’s Housing Technical Assistance program, funded by the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grant, the research will be an important tool for ABAG staff to help cities and counties meet new requirements in the Housing Element, and further regional goals to create an affordable, equitable and diverse Bay Area.

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