2019 Fair Housing Trends Report

Defending Against Unprecedented Attacks on Fair Housing

We invite you to read NFHA’s 2019 Fair Housing Trends Report which assesses the latest trends in fair housing. The Trump administration and housing industry players have launched unprecedented attacks on fair housing. This is a stark departure from the bipartisan support the law has received since it was enacted in 1968. In collaboration with its membership and other civil rights partners, NFHA is engaged in a historic push to preserve the law and the regulations designed to guide its implementation. 

In a fervent defense of civil rights, fair housing advocates confront a fresh set of challenges, like algorithmic bias, that perpetuates housing, lending, and insurance discrimination. The housing picture is not entirely bleak. One example is the successful lawsuit by NFHA and other fair housing groups that led Facebook to revamp its advertising system and establish advertising portals for housing, employment, and credit, eliminating the ability to target based on protected characteristics and their proxies. 

The report contains targeted recommendations that would address the complex issues in today’s housing system.

View the full 2019 Trends Report here (hyperlink to PDF)

Report highlights:

  • The number of housing discrimination complaints in 2018 is up by eight percent to 31,202, the highest since NFHA began producing the annual Fair Housing Trends Report in 1995.
  • Private fair housing groups continue to process more complaints, 75 percent, than all government agencies combined.
  • Hate crime offenses increased by an alarming 14.7 percent.
  • The Trump administration has launched unprecedented attacks on fair housing in an effort to chill civil rights enforcement.  
  • The use of technology is on the rise, can manifest discriminatory outcomes, and has profound impacts on people’s ability to access housing, credit, and insurance
  • Increased scrutiny of sexual harassment in housing has led to an unprecedented number of cases against housing providers who prey on vulnerable residents who cannot move to a new location because of the lack of affordable housing options.

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