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Equitable Implementation of Housing Codes

Healthy Neighborhoods

How can equitable housing code enforcement support community health?

Even well-intended housing policies can cause unintentional harms if they are disproportionately enforced against underserved groups, including people with low income; people with disabilities; and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. Ensuring equitable implementation is critical to breaking cycles of injustice and promoting healthy housing for all.

In this 75-minute webinar, policymakers, housing advocates, and public health professionals can gain a deeper awareness of how the nuances of enforcement can affect equity. Our speakers discuss how to navigate the critical line between overenforcement and underenforcement and how to deal with tricky enforcement situations. Using proactive rental inspection as an example, they explore ways to build capacity for equitable implementation of housing policies through co-enforcement, stakeholder partnerships, community engagement, and more.

This webinar is the first episode in our series Equitable Implementation of Healthy Housing Policies, which illustrates how an equitable implementation framework can be used across key issue areas to promote access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.


  • Ellen Noguera Hill, director of planning and urban development, City of Monroe, Louisiana
  • Sunni Hutton, co-founder, Homes for All St. Louis
  • Jake Dishaw, deputy commissioner of code enforcement and zoning administration, City of Syracuse, New York
  • Vince Young, attorney, ChangeLab Solutions (moderator)
  • Heather Wong, attorney, ChangeLab Solutions (moderator)