Journal of Community Practice
Gentrification, Racial justice, Social justice
Mitigating the harms of gentrification to communities of color is a pressing challenge. One promising approach is preference policies that enable long-term residents to remain in or return to gentrifying neighborhoods. This mixed-methods study evaluates the City of Portland’s “Preference Policy,” which provides targeted affordable rental housing to residents displaced from a historically Black neighborhood. This paper draws on survey, interview, and focus group data to explore resident motivations, changes to well-being, and recommendations for improving the policy. Findings suggest preference policies can enhance well-being, and underscore the need for comprehensive strategies to advance racial justice in gentrifying neighborhoods.
This is the postprint version. The final published version is available from the publisher: https://doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2021.1992557
Amie Thurber, Lisa K. Bates & Susan Halverson (2021) [Postprint] Can preference policies advance racial justice?, Journal of Community Practice, DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2021.1992557