Priorities for Siting Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments in Greater Boston
Abstract: Residential segregation by race persists in the United States and has been partially attributed to the siting of subsidized housing developments in low-income neighborhoods with large minority populations. This study examined the spatial distribution of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) developments and neighborhood characteristics in the Boston Metropolitan Area to evaluate the exte... read morent to which LIHTC units may contribute to racial and economic segregation. The results indicate that higher poverty rates and larger shares of Black residents in a census tract population are associated with more LIHTC units being located in a tract. Further, LIHTC units are found to be spatially clustered in the region. Based on these findings, modifications should be made to the Qualified Allocation Plan for Massachusetts. Demographic and geospatial data should be utilized to disperse LIHTC units throughout the region and to consider neighborhood racial composition and poverty rate when making siting decisions.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Shomon Shamsuddin.
Committee: Rosalind Greenstein.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Public policy.read less