Based on America’s history of prejudice, discrimination, inequality, and fear, it is not surprising that affordable housing within a community sometimes leads to misunderstandings and conflicts rather than beneficial dialogue.

The fact that a town or village has residents from different racial and ethnic groups and economic backgrounds does not guarantee that interactions among them will be positive.

Given what is known about affordable housing, elected officials, village residents, and social justice activists cannot simply assume that geographic proximity will automatically overcome the pressures of past inequality and prejudice and immediately yield all the potential benefits of diversity.

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