For over a decade the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been given an explicit mandate to monitor the problems of minorities in acquiring housing and to develop programs aimed at ameliorating these problems. HUD's success in achieving positive results in urban housing markets will have an impact on progress toward other minority oriented social objectives, such as equality of educational opportunities, equal access to public services and work opportunities, and fair representation in the local political process. In essence, HUD's mandate is tied directly to and is an integral part of the larger social objective of achieving a reasonable measure of integration and assimilation of all groups into American society. In this context, equal opportunity for minorities in the housing market is only a part of the overall goal. l While equal opportunities for minorities could be achieved at least to a great extent without social integration, integration appears to be an important objective in itself and thus becomes a joint product along with equal opportunity.
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