May 25, 2024

Moon Quoted in ‘Alexandria Now’ on Housing Inequity

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon spoke to Alexandria Now for an article titled “Despite flurry of new apartments, experts say Alexandria has a housing shortage.” Moon said racial covenants in neighborhoods started later in Alexandria than in other places and that housing started shifting dramatically in the 60s with the passage of the Fair Housing Act and the Housing and Urban Development Act. “This opens up mortgages to low and moderate-income families,” Moon said. “In Alexandria, it particularly opens them to African American residents. Not only is there an increase in home ownership for African Americans as a result, but an opening up of neighborhoods closed off to them in the past, particularly north of Rosemont.” Read more.