In Case You Missed It: Here Is a Review of the 4th Annual NFHA 1K Slam!

On April 27th, 2017 the National Fair Housing Alliance hosted it’s fourth annual poetry slam. Poetry slams are our opportunity to connect creative arts with social justice. The event was sponsored by Chase, Nationwide, State Farm and Radian. Hosted by Joseph… Continue Reading In Case You Missed It: Here Is a Review of the 4th Annual NFHA 1K Slam!

Supreme Court Upholds the Right of Local Communities to Fight for Fair Housing With Recent Bank of America v. City of Miami Decision

By Morgan Williams In a precedent-setting ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the right of cities to sue banks whose practices harm the municipalities and their residents.  The decision in Bank of America, et al. v. City of Miami strongly ratified… Continue Reading Supreme Court Upholds the Right of Local Communities to Fight for Fair Housing With Recent Bank of America v. City of Miami Decision

New Report Makes “The Case for Fair Housing” as Segregation Persists & Hate Crimes Rise

April 19, 2017 Contact:  Jessica Aiwuyor, 202‐898‐1661, jaiwuyor@nationalfairhousing.org New Report Makes “The Case for Fair Housing” as Segregation Persists & Hate Crimes Rise The National Fair Housing Alliance releases its annual Fair Housing Trends Report, documenting continued patterns of discrimination and segregation… Continue Reading New Report Makes “The Case for Fair Housing” as Segregation Persists & Hate Crimes Rise

Statement on the Confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson

March 02, 2017 Contact:  Jessica Aiwuyor, Associate Director of Communications | 202‐898‐1661 Statement from Lisa Rice, Executive Vice President of the National Fair Housing Alliance on the Confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development The National Fair Housing Alliance strongly urges Dr. Ben Carson, in his new role as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to tackle immediately the many critical housing challenges that our country faces. Many of these are a legacy of the financial and foreclosure crises which disproportionately impacted America’s  communities of color. These communities have yet to recover.  Housing inequality has had a devastating effect on  individuals, communities and businesses and HUD plays a pivotal role in eliminating this inequality. The National Fair  Housing Alliance (NFHA) and its members across the country invite Secretary Carson to work with us to address these  pressing issues. Housing discrimination continues to be a significant problem in this country, unfairly limiting people’s choices about  where to live. NFHA estimates that more than 4 million instances of housing discrimination occur annually. In addition,  in recent months we have seen a disturbing uptick in hate activity, including the targeted vandalism of people’s homes  because of race, national origin and religious affiliation.  These acts violate the Fair Housing Act, which HUD enforces,  and we look to Secretary Carson to marshal the resources of the department he leads to combat this problem, and to  fight all forms of housing discrimination. During his confirmation hearing, Secretary Carson said he would “aggressively  enforce the Fair Housing Act,” and referred to the law as, “one of the best pieces of legislation which we’ve had.” Life expectancy, educational attainment, chances of being incarcerated, access to quality healthcare, household income,  exposure to violence and employment opportunities are all impacted by where we live, as is our opportunity to  accumulate wealth through homeownership. In the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, the homeownership rate for  African Americans is the lowest it has been since 1970, fueling the country’s significant racial wealth gap.   This should  not be the case.  We will continue our collaboration with HUD to ensure that every place is a place full of opportunities.   Our children deserve no less.  Our nation’s continued strength and prosperity hinges on getting this right.  We have no  time to waste. NFHA’s goal is to eliminate housing inequality and expand housing opportunities and we are ready to work immediately  with the new Administration on the following key priorities to expand housing choices. Stop Housing Discrimination and Expand Housing Choice  Based on an analysis of HUD data, over 4 million instances of housing discrimination occur on an annual basis. In  recent months there has been an uptick in hate activity based on race, national origin and religious affiliation.   NFHA has worked with HUD for over 25 years to engage in a range of activities including training, education,  outreach, research and enforcement to reduce levels of discrimination and to expand equal housing choice.  It is  important that we improve and strengthen programs that have proven to be economically efficient and widely  successful. For example, the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, established under President Ronald Reagan ‐ with  bipartisan support and made permanent by President H. W. Bush, was designated by the Government  Accountability Office, as one of the most effective federal programs the agency had evaluated.  The Program received this designation because it was administered by a group of highly trained and efficient non‐profit fair  housing organizations who brought critical services directly to people on the ground.  We must ensure that this … Continue Reading Statement on the Confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson

STATEMENT ON SENATE CONFIRMATION OF STEVEN MNUCHIN FOR TREASURY SECRETARY

February 14, 2017 STATEMENT ON SENATE CONFIRMATION OF STEVEN MNUCHIN FOR TREASURY SECRETARY Trump Fails to Keep His Promise to the American People   Washington, DC – Shanna Smith, President & CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, released the… Continue Reading STATEMENT ON SENATE CONFIRMATION OF STEVEN MNUCHIN FOR TREASURY SECRETARY

Statement on the Hearing and Testimony of Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary-Designate for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

January 12, 2017 Statement on the Hearing and Testimony of Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary-Designate for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development The fair housing community is more hopeful today about HUD’s continued support of fair housing after hearing… Continue Reading Statement on the Hearing and Testimony of Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary-Designate for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

National Fair Housing Alliance Accuses Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2016 Contact: Pamela Bond | (202) 898-1661 | pbond@nationalfairhousing.org To see press release with pictures, download the PDF. National Fair Housing Alliance Accuses Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas… Continue Reading National Fair Housing Alliance Accuses Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas

Bank of America Accused of Racial Discrimination in 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas and 201 Cities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2016 To view press release with pictures: Download the PDF Bank of America Accused of Racial Discrimination in 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas and 201 Cities Civil Rights Groups File New Evidence of Housing Discrimination in… Continue Reading Bank of America Accused of Racial Discrimination in 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas and 201 Cities