Released earlier this month, this new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development presents an assessment of efforts by HUD to desegregate public housing as a voluntary response to suits filed by various groups at eight different urban sites citing discriminatory HUD policies. HUD commissioned the Urban Institute (see the September 9, 1999 Scout Report for Business and Economics
) to assess the progress of the department's efforts to desegregate and to make recommendations for future policy. Not surprisingly, the report finds that segregation of low-income Black and White communities remains high and that, while all of the eight sites have implemented at least some elements of the department's new policy, no site has fully implemented all requirements. The report concludes with a discussion of the obstacles to more successful desegregation and how they might be addressed.