Morrison Institute Housing Research

Arizona Community Foundation generously funded Morrison Institute for Public Policy to examine issues related to housing insecurity in Arizona. On this page, you will find all of the Morrison Institute research conducted as part of this project. New research will be added throughout 2021 and 2022.

State-Level Legal Barriers to Adopting Affordable Housing Policies in Arizona (PDF)

Several widely used policies can increase access to and the affordability of housing. However, many of these tools are preempted or limited by Arizona law. This brief gives an overview of these policies, discusses their legality in Arizona, summarizes the pros and cons, and offers potential solutions to existing legal barriers.

A Brief History of Housing Policy and Discrimination in Arizona (PDF)

The present-day factors that determine where and how one can buy a home are influenced by historical public policy choices. This brief investigates how past policy choices in the United States and Arizona have shaped the housing landscape, the current limits on homeownership, and policy solutions to overcome these challenges.

History of Housing: Racial Equity & Housing Insecurity in Six Arizona Counties

The present-day factors that determine where and how one can buy a home are influenced by historical public policy choices.

Past policies encouraged white homeownershipprotected white people from economic downfall, and created segregation between white people and people of color.

Although some policies have tried to reverse these practices and racial integration has drastically increased, the past still weighs on the present housing landscape of Arizona. 

The Morrison Institute report “A Brief History of Housing and Policy Discrimination in Arizona” (link above) investigates how past policy choices in the United States and Arizona have shaped the housing landscape, the current limits on homeownership, and policy solutions to overcome these challenges.

This online resource complements and expands upon this report by demonstrating how some Arizona policies and practices contributed to racial segregation in housing that is still felt today.