By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant

In this week’s Community Builders Exchange newsletter, we feature an op-ed from Paul Dribin, a consultant and former employee of HUD. In his op-ed, Dribin describes the impact of the relatively recent Supreme Court ruling on Disparate Impact and the new HUD regulations regarding Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. If you missed his op-ed, you can check it out here.

As noted in this week’s op-ed, the Supreme Court ruling and new HUD regulation are reactions to a long history of concentrating affordable housing  primarily in low-income communities. Data on Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) appears to support this assertion. The maps below display the LIHTC units placed in service between 2009 and 2013 in the state of Missouri.

The first map simply shows where the LIHTC allocation was placed in service. The second is a heatmap weighted by the number of units included in the LIHTC allocation. This map shows large concentrations of low-income units:

  • near Delmar and Union,
  • to the north of Harris-Stowe State University,
  • in downtown St. Louis,
  • near Skinker and Etzel,
  • to the south of the UMSL’s campus
  • and in Jennings near Koenerman Park.

To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here. If you have a map that would be of interest to our readers, please let us know in an email to