Print & Online Coverage

Fair Housing CEO: How to remake the housing system so it works for everyone (Bankrate)

July 3, 2020

The homeownership gap between Black and White Americans has widened to a canyon. Just 44 percent of African-Americans owned homes as of early 2020, a level that’s down over the past decade. By contrast, 74 percent of White Americans own their homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Read more here.


President Trump considers ending housing regulation that advocates say was created to combat racial segregation (MarketWatch)

July 2, 2020

President Donald Trump says he is “studying” a housing regulation he claims has negatively impacted suburban areas. On Tuesday, President Trump took to Twitter to say he is considering ending the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration in 2015. Read the full article here.


Trump tweet about fair housing law enrages advocates (National Mortgage News)

July 2, 2020

On the night of June 30, President Trump tweeted that he may terminate the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Rule. Presumably, the tweet references the 2015 regulation and not the rollback proposed by the Trump administration, which guts the measure by omitting race entirely. Click here to read more.


With July rents due, renters brace for evictions (Marketplace)

June 30, 2020

According to the Urban Institute, nearly 20% of people who rent did not pay in June. [NFHA President and CEO Lisa] Rice said evictions may disproportionately affect Black and Latino households, who are about twice as likely to be renters as whites. Click here to listen to the full report.


House Passes Covid Relief Bill for Homeowners, Renters (Courthouse News Service)

June 29, 2020

House Democrats passed a bill Monday that would extend an eviction and foreclosure moratorium for renters and homeowners for a year, while also providing Americans additional financial housing assistance. Read more here.


Why the black and white homeownership gap hasn’t changed much in 100 years (CNN)

June 15, 2020

Systemic racism is deeply rooted in our nation’s housing market. Redlining and other forms of housing discrimination, going back to slavery, have laid the foundation for a deeply unequal housing experience. To begin to address these inequities we need to put measures in place to increase the volume of affordable housing, improve access to credit for black and brown buyers and expand and better enforce fair housing laws. Read more at CNN.


Some landlords are using harassment, threats to force out tenants during COVID-19 crisis (NBC News)

June 14, 2020

Despite efforts by many jurisdictions to halt evictions either through formal moratoriums or court closures, some landlords have taken matters into their own hands with illegal “self-help” evictions and have been harassing and intimidating tenants like Jones who are unable to pay rent — many because of pandemic-related job loss — in an effort to get them out. Click here to read the full article.


Black community braces for next threat: Mass evictions (POLITICO)

June 12, 2020

A new tremor is threatening to shake minority communities as protests over racial injustice sweep the country: A wave of evictions as a federal moratorium on kicking people out of their rental units expires. Read more here.


The Cost of Being Black: 33 Facts About the Wealth Gap and Racial Economic Justice (Money)

June 5, 2020

You can’t point to one period of time, or one single statistic or cultural factor, to explain why the average black American has a tiny fraction of the wealth of his white counterpart. Instead, there’s a broad range of elements at play — from mortgage-lending practices dating back a century ago to higher car insurance rates for drivers living in black neighborhoods today — that have compounded over the decades and collectively result in a system that’s unfair, if not overtly racist. Read more here.


16 senior living communities face lawsuits claiming they did not accommodate deaf prospective residents (McKnight’s Senior Living)

May 27, 2020

Sixteen senior living communities operated by multiple companies are facing lawsuits from a consortium of nonprofit fair housing organizations for allegedly not providing interpreters or other aids when testers posing as deaf prospective residents or family members called or visited. Click here to read the full article.


Rep. Waters: $1.3 trillion HEROES Act is designed to address CARES Act oversights (The Louisiana Weekly)

May 26, 2020

As the government continues providing immediate financial relief to Americans across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials and community leaders must also press to reform and correct the systemic inequities and biased structural flaws that have once again caused an economic crisis to disproportionately affect people of color, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said last week. Read the full article here.