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How to Get Help With Your Mortgage During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Consumer Reports)

April 2, 2020

In late March the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed into law. Among other provisions providing economic relief from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the measure may help if you are struggling to pay your mortgage. Click here to read the full article.


The Technology 202: Start-up leaders and technology investors want to help fight the coronavirus (Washington Post)

March 24, 2020

“Millions of people in this country must stay home to limit the spread of the coronavirus and it is in our country’s national interest to continue as much of our economic and civic life as possible during this time,” the organizations, which include MediaJustice and the National Fair Housing Alliance, wrote in a letter. Click here to read the full article.


HUD Rule Met With Opposition for Eliminating Housing Discrimination Protection (National Mortgage Professional Magazine)

March 20, 2020

More than 19,500 individuals and organizations submitted comments in response to a U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) proposed rule that would gut an essential civil rights tool under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) before the public comment period closed on March 16. Click here to read the full article.


Female Renters Take on Predatory Landlords (Pew)

March 12, 2020

Douglas Waterbury owned or managed dozens of rental properties in and around Oswego, New York, and for decades he allegedly used that power to demand sexual favors from financially strapped tenants and applicants who were desperate for a place to live. Click here to read the full article.


11 Investigates: Exploited for Rent (WTOL)

March 2, 2020

The US Department of Justice is suing a Toledo landlord for allegedly sexually harassing his tenants. 11 Investigates learned landlord discrimination is widespread. Click here to read the full article.


Bloomberg once appeared to blame the financial crisis on the end of redlining — how this discriminatory practice still hurts Americans (MarketWatch)

February 21, 2020

In addition to clashes over nondisclosure agreements and policing practices, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg squared off during Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate over the mayor’s past comments regarding discriminatory housing policies. Click here to read the full article.


The Trump administration’s harmful and immoral attack on children (The Hill)

February 20, 2020

Over the past three years, President Trump and his administration have engaged in a sweeping attack on our nation’s children by working to destroy regulations essential to their health and well-being. Our committee recently conducted hearings on this dangerous onslaught. Click here to read the full article.


Bloomberg reignites Democratic fight over financial crisis (The Hill)

February 19, 2020

The ghosts of the 2007 financial crisis are lingering over the Democratic presidential primary, reigniting the battles over Wall Street reform that divided the party more than a decade ago. Click here to read the full article.


Crowell: ‘White House budget proposal cuts $8.6 Billion from HUD’ (The Atlanta Voice)

February 13, 2020

Once again, the White House Budget Proposal slashes funding and programs that many low-and-moderate income consumers rely upon. Click here to read the full article.


State and Local Leaders Push Back Against Fair Housing Changes (The Skanner News)

February 13, 2020

Local housing advocates and state legislators say they are preparing to pick up the slack as the Trump administration threatens to weaken federal protections against housing discrimination and access. Click here to read the full article.


Bloomberg Once Linked 2008 Crisis to End of Redlining Bias in Home Loans (New York Times)

February 13, 2020

Michael R. Bloomberg, the Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of New York City, drew criticism on Thursday over newly surfaced comments from the height of the 2008 financial crisis in which he said that the end of redlining, a discriminatory housing practice, had helped contribute to the economic collapse. Click here to read the full article.


NFHA and Patriot Bank in Memphis Mortgage Partnership (National Mortgage Professional Magazine)

January 31, 2020

This new partnership will involve input from The Works Inc., a Memphis-focused community development corporation. Under this arrangement, Patriot Bank will provide lending up to $500,000, at a below market interest rate, to support The Works Inc.’s Opportunity Home Loan Fund, which provides mortgage loans of up to $50,000 to underserved borrowers for the purchase of a home. Click here to read the full article.


How Trump is rolling back housing desegregation rules, explained (Curbed)

January 28, 2020

One of the most pernicious ways that segregation and racism have manifested themselves in U.S. society is via laws and regulations about where people can live. Decades of racially motivated housing covenants and redlining have created unequal neighborhoods in many cities, often divided along racial and ethnic lines. Click here to read the full article. 


Trump moves to gut Obama housing discrimination rules (POLITICO)

January 25, 2020

The Trump administration is working to roll back former President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat racial segregation — potentially making it easier for banks to deny loans to black and Hispanic people or for cities to confine poor families to minority neighborhoods. Click here to read the full article.


HUD’s fair housing policies could promote further racial discrimination, experts say (NBC News)

January 25, 2020

The Trump administration is working to roll back former President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat racial segregation — potentially making it easier for banks to deny loans to black and Hispanic people or for cities to confine poor families to minority neighborhoods. Click here to read the full article.


HUD Seeks to Roll Back Fair Housing Rules (Affordable Housing Finance)

January 8, 2020

A new federal proposal would significantly weaken the nation’s fair housing laws, according to leading housing advocates.

The plan released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks to change the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, including proposing a new process to evaluate jurisdictions on their fair housing efforts as well as steps to reduce the regulatory burdens placed on local communities. Click here to read the full article.


New Trump rule could repeal Obama effort to promote housing desegregation (Curbed)

January 6, 2020

Federal efforts to encourage cities and local governments to reduce housing in low- and middle-income neighborhoods in a way that promoted equity and equality could be in danger, according to some housing advocates, who have warned that a proposed rule change published today by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could weaken Obama-era efforts to reduce segregation. Click here to read the full article


Trump moves to roll back Obama housing desegregation rule (POLITICO)

January 6, 2020

The Trump administration is planning to ease fair housing regulations for local governments throughout the country, the latest effort to scale back sweeping Obama-era rules meant to crack down on segregation. Click here to read the full article.