On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the DC Office of Planning (OP) and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host experts to discuss how historic federal and local exclusionary and racially discriminatory land use policies created housing segregation and shaped opportunity across the District. The conversation will explore the District’s land use policies from a racial equity lens, discuss the way segregation has been experienced in neighborhoods across the city, and explore the continued legacy of these policies on residents’ economic opportunity. Building upon OP’s planning efforts related to increasing affordable housing through the Comprehensive Plan and the Housing Framework for Equity and Growth initiative (HFEG), the discussion will provide important context for why increasing affordable housing and strengthening healthy neighborhoods in all parts of the District is essential to promoting equity, opportunity, and inclusive prosperity.

The expert discussion will take place at Woodrow Wilson High School from 12:30 to 2:00 pm and will last approximately 1.5 hours. The event will immediately follow OP’s Ward 3 Comprehensive Plan engagement held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The goals for the event are below:

  • Provide framing for informed conversations about housing segregation (today and future), its impact on opportunity and life outcomes, and how that connects to the District’s planning and policy initiatives
  • Introduce artifacts of DC’s land use history from a racial equity lens and discuss the ways segregation has impacted neighborhoods in the District
  • Explain that while explicitly racist/discriminatory policies may have stopped in the 1970s, we are still living with the continued legacy of these policies, and segregation and inequities continue to be exacerbated
  • Highlight how differences in geography affect outcomes and opportunities today, and how the District is looking to expand opportunities for all residents now and in the future
  • Connect the Comprehensive Plan, HFEG and the goal of equitable housing opportunities as ways to address historical inequity and advance opportunity
  • Provide a call to action for residents/ organizations interested in next steps.

To learn more about the District’s Housing Framework for Equity and Growth initiative and the recently released Housing Equity Report, visit: housing.dc.gov.