Print & Online Coverage

I had no choice: Sex for rent rises with coronavirus poverty (Reuters)

May 21, 2020

A growing number of landlords are asking tenants for sex in exchange for housing as coronavirus lockdowns and job cuts have left many struggling to pay their rent, housing experts said. Click here to read more.

Center for Responsible Lending virtual town hall focuses on COVID-19 and economic relief (Los Angeles Sentinel)

May 21, 2020

The Center for Responsible Lending hosted a discussion panel to address the impact of COVID-19 on various financial sectors as it relates to Black Americans on the evening of Monday, May 18. Click here for a recap.

Housing organization sues Richmond landlord, alleges discrimination against renters with children, disabilities (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

May 19, 2020

Housing Opportunities Made Equal, a nonprofit that advocates for fair housing laws, is suing a Richmond landlord over allegations that she discriminates against potential renters with children or disabilities. Read more here.

Her Landlord Asked To Spend The Night With Her After She Lost Her Job And Couldn’t Afford Rent (Buzzfeed News)

May 14, 2020

When Gail Savage’s landlord messaged asking her if she would “stay all night” with him, she assumed he’d texted the wrong number. Click here to read the full story.

For Lawmakers, Protecting Black and Brown People from a Recession Hinges on Passing Rent Protection Legislation (The Root)

May 4, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to pick apart black and brown communities at devastating rates, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other lawmakers are fighting fiercely to protect communities of color from one of the most devastating effects of a looming recession: losing their homes. Click here to read more.

Pandemic threatens to widen racial wealth gap (POLITICO)

May 3, 2020

Blacks and Hispanics lost their homes at a far higher rate than whites in the 2007 housing crash, forcing many into rental units. Now, in the latest crisis, it’s renters who are the hardest hit — and that’s threatening to widen the country’s already staggering racial wealth gap. Click here to read more.

The Department of Justice Is Going After Landlords Asking Tenants for Sex When They Can’t Pay Rent (VICE News)

April 24, 2020

The Justice Department is demanding that federal prosecutors go after the landlords accused of coercing their impoverished tenants to trade sex for rent when they’re unable to make payments during a global pandemic. Click here to read the full article.

More groups demand liquidity for servicers (Mortgage Professional America)

April 21, 2020

A coalition of 31 consumer, civil rights, housing and real estate organizations have called on the Treasury and financial regulators to immediately provide a liquidity facility for all mortgage servicers to help cover the costs of COVID-19-related borrower assistance. Click here to read more.

Realtor View: Buyers, renters: Are you being treated fairly? (Houston Chronicle)

April 18, 2020

April is National Fair Housing Month. And while the real estate industry, like so many other industries across the country, is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot turn our backs on history and the important place to which it has led us. Click here to read the full article.

Pandemic Bringing Out the Worst: Domestic Abuse, Sexual Harassment Surge (American Urban Radio Networks)

April 17, 2020

Lisa Rice, President & CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance speaks about the 300% increase in sexual harassment cases reported. The majority of these cases are reported by Black and Latinx women, who face inappropriate behavior from landlords and building supers. Click here for the full story.