Print & Online Coverage

Housing and civil rights coalition demands federal liquidity facility for servicers (HousingWire)

April 17, 2020

A coalition of housing advocacy groups, national and regional civil rights organizations and minority-focused real estate trade associations, joined by former Mortgage Bankers Association chief executive David Stevens, urged the federal government to create one or more liquidity facilities so that mortgage servicers “covering forborne consumer payments can obtain funding to cover potential shortfalls of advances to bondholders and other parties.” Click here to read more.

No, Your Landlord Can’t Evict You For Having The Coronavirus (HuffPost)

April 14, 2020

Americans who become ill from the novel coronavirus shouldn’t have to worry about losing their homes because they’re sick. And the law is on their side: Landlords aren’t permitted to even ask about ailing tenants’ medical conditions, let alone evict them. Click here to read the full article.

Advocates Are Calling for the Translation of Mortgage Notices to Different Languages (Latin Post)

April 11, 2020

The National Fair Housing Alliance, along with the other 33 advocates, is calling the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) to translate mortgage notices into different languages to help those who speak limited English and who are struck by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the full article.

Activists demand revamp of anti-redlining law (ValueWalk)

April 6, 2020

Worker, housing, and small business advocates call on all resources to be dedicated to saving lives and responding to Coronavirus. Click here to read the full article.

Can’t pay mortgage due to coronavirus? What you need to know, where to turn for help (Chicago Sun-Times)

April 3, 2020

What should you know and where can you turn for help if you’re among the record 10 million U.S. workers filing unemployment claims in the past two weeks and struggling to pay your mortgage? Click here to read the full article.

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.