36 Clearinghouse Rev. 1 (2002-2003)

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About This Issue ................. Inside Front Cover


                                     Racial Justice: The Role of Civil Legal Assistance ....... 5
                                     By Alan W Houseman
                                     Racial discrimination continues to be a leading cause of the legal
                                     problems that low-income people of color experience. While some
                                     legal aid programs engage in very effective race-based advocacy,
                                     many more can do so. Programs must strengthen their capacity to
                                     engage in racial justice work and explicitly incorporate racial justice
                                     advocacy as a key component of their work.

                                     Race and Health ............................ 15
                                     By Jane Perkins
                                     Legal services advocacy challenging racial disparities and discrimina-
                                     tion in health care delivery has, for example, led to publicly funded
                         PAGE 21      hospitals providing services to persons unable to pay. Racism con-
                                      tinues to affect health care delivery, and advocates need to be vigi-
                                      lant and use new strategies, such as filing complaints with the Office
                                      for Civil Rights, to protect their clients' rights.

                                      Housing, Poverty, and Racial justice:
                                      How Civil Rights Laws Can Redress the
                                      Housing Problems of Poor People ................. 21
                                      By Florence Wagman Roisman
                                      People of color in the United States today suffer disproportionately,
                                      egregiously, and inexcusably from lack of housing, substandard
                                      housing, excessive rents, inadequate and dangerous neighborhood
                                      conditions, discrimination, and segregation. Civil rights laws afford
                                      remedies for these harms.

                                      The Welfare Advocate's Challenge: Fighting
                                      Historic Racism in the New Welfare System ........ .31
                                      By Henry A. Freedman
                         PAGE 39      Race discrimination has a long history in government welfare pro-
                                      grams. The 1996 welfare reform law expanded caseworker discre-
                                      tion, which can lead to disparate treatment of persons of color.
                                      Research shows that it has led to such treatment. While the 1996
                                      reform eliminated the entitlement to welfare and recent court deci-
                                      sions have limited litigation under civil rights acts, there remain
                                      many viable antidiscrimination strategies, some of which advocates
                                      have yet to invent.


 2002 by National Center on Poverty Law
All rights reserved. ISSN 0009-868X. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a
retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical photocopy-
ing, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.


MAY-JUNE 2002 1 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW


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