Justin Massa

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Justin Massa is the executive director and co-founder of MoveSmart.org and the program and technical coordinator for NetSquared.org, a project of TechSoup Global. He was formerly the Fair Housing Testing and Outreach Coordinator for the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where he supervised the testing program, handled intake and investigation, and conducted fair housing trainings. He recently concluded serving his second term as Vice President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance. Massa is also the executive director and co-founder of MoveSmart.org, a start-up organization dedicated to fostering vibrant and diverse neighborhoods by empowering housing seekers through technology to move to opportunity. He is also a co-covener of Chicago Net Tuesdays and helps organize Illinois Data Exchange Affiliates.

How Much Is Too Much Neighborhood Data?

Individual behavior plays a significant role in perpetuating residential racial and ethnic segregation. Illegal discrimination, including racial steering, and housing affordability both play a role, but neither can fully explain […]


Equity 2.0: The Missing Pieces

Under President Obama, data transparency, private-sector innovation, and a renewed commitment to expanding opportunity could revolutionize housing and urban planning. But just as proponents of equity, open government data, and social entrepreneurship are being appointed to key positions, and while the administration is still young, the new HUD/DOT sustainable communities initiative illustrates why the devil is in the details.


Missing Priorities In HUD/DOT Sustainable Communities Initiative

At a US House of Representatives hearing last week on “Livable Communities, Transit Oriented Development, and Incorporating Green Building Practices into Federal Housing and Transportation,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and […]


It’s a Dirty Job…

For the first 38 minutes, it almost sounded like the Senators pitied him. The Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs spent nearly 40 minutes of the two-hour confirmation […]


Reading the Tea Leaves: How Obama’s HUD Transition Team Might Reshape Housing Policy

What does the appointment of the members of Obama’s transition team for HUD indicate about the possible course the department might take?


No Road Home for New Orleans Minorities?

Two fair housing organizations are alleging that HUD’s Road Home program valued homes in white neighborhoods in New Orleans higher than similar homes in minority neighborhoods. From yesterday’s press release: […]