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The Innovative Cities Lecture Series

A housing advocate’s perspective on how to overcome resistance and NIMBYism presentation by Kori Schneider Peragine, Senior Administrator of Inclusive Communities Program at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing

Lecture Summary

A Housing Advocate’s Perspective on how to Overcome Resistance and NIMBYism Throughout the 20th century policymakers used policies and practices to intentionally segregate Americans by race and ethnicity. And current policies and practices sustain that legacy. Examine local examples of affordable housing opposition. Learn strategies to promote inclusive communities.


Kori Schneider Peragine is an experienced housing professional employed with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) since 1998. Housing policy and its racial and ethnic impacts as well as impacts on persons with disabilities is her area of expertise. Ms. Schneider Peragine has completed municipal housing reports called Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing for seven entitlement jurisdictions in Wisconsin, as well as one for Memphis, TN. These reports identify barriers to equal access to housing opportunity and makes recommendations to remedy these barriers.

Recently Ms. Schneider Peragine was responsible for the implementation of Opportunity MKE, a housing mobility program on the metropolitan Milwaukee area. This program is part of a random assignment study and works with local Public Housing Authorities to assist families with rent assistance vouchers to secure housing in low poverty, high opportunity areas.

In 2010, under Kori’s lead, MMFHC filed a federal fair housing complaint against Waukesha County for its failure to use its federal funds, as required, to reverse harmful effects of segregation, otherwise known as affirmatively furthering fair housing. Related, but not a part of her work at MMFHC, Ms. Schneider Peragine volunteers to lead Divided By Design|Milwaukee, a project aimed at teaching the history of Milwaukee’s housing segregation. Kori is a 1997 graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s MUP/MARCH joint degree.

AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

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