Print & Online Coverage

The Evolution of Human Trafficking During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Council on Foreign Relations)

August 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated human lives, the global economy, and educational systems. Given the enormous financial hardship on families, the mass movement of people, and the closing of schools, the risks of human trafficking have increased. In this environment, multidisciplinary interventions coupled with innovation, technology, and entrepreneurial thinking must remain a priority. Click here to read more.


It’s complicated: In cities nationwide, including Kalamazoo, barriers can keep people homeless (Second Wave)

August 13, 2020

You hear it all the time: The solution to homelessness and the housing crisis is a home. If only it were that simple. The reality is much more complex and the barriers to getting a roof over one’s head are many. Renters and would-be homeowners each face different obstacles. Let’s look at the rental market. Click here to read more.


Banks, consumers groups to CFPB: Don’t rush overhaul of redlining law (American Banker)

August 10, 2020

Banks are joining consumer groups to urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau not to rush potential changes to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Click here to read more.


Why is Fair Housing Still a Distant Journey for Black America? (The Washington Informer)

August 6, 2020

Public pressure to restore a key Department of Housing and Urban Development rule has united civil rights, public and private sector stakeholders in a swelling and nearly daily drumbeat of concern calling for fair housing to be supported and HUD’s replacement rule be rescinded. Click here to read more.


Fact-check: In repealing Obama-era rule, Trump makes false claims about low-income housing, crime and the suburbs (CNN)

August 3, 2020

As his support among the white suburban voters who helped propel him to the presidency has cratered, President Donald Trump has increasingly aimed to stoke fear and racial division at a time when the country faces a national reckoning on race. In recent months, the President has called Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate,” while also defending the Confederate flag. Click here to read more.


CLPHA and others voice opposition to elimination of AFFH rule and reject its new substitute (HousingWire)

August 3, 2020

In a joint letter on Monday addressed to Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities and its counsel Reno and Cavanaugh expressed opposition to the the actions of the Trump administration regarding the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, asking the organization to “withdraw its racist and illegal attempt to eliminate the rule.” Read more here.


Fact-check: In repealing Obama-era rule, Trump makes false claims about low-income housing, crime and the suburbs (KTEN NBC/CW/ABC Affiliate)

August 3, 2020

As his support among the white suburban voters who helped propel him to the presidency has cratered, President Donald Trump has increasingly aimed to stoke fear and racial division at a time when the country faces a national reckoning on race. In recent months, the President has called Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate,” while also defending the Confederate flag. Click here to read more.


The American dream while Black: ‘Locked in a vicious cycle’ (NBC News)

August 3, 2020

Ebony Jones thought she was one of the lucky ones. Jones, a Black woman in her 30s, inherited a home her grandfather, a World War II veteran, had bought nearly seven decades earlier with the help of his GI Bill benefits. Click here to read more.


The Trump Administration’s Highly- Politicized Roll Back of Obama-Era Fair Housing Rule Raises Concerns (Architectural Digest)

July 30, 2020

With a presidential election now less than 100 days away, the Trump administration has ramped up its efforts to consolidate support among his base of older, whiter voters. Those efforts now include the reversal of an Obama-era HUD policy, in a not-so-subtle appeal to the racialized fears of white suburban voters. Read more here.


NAR comes out strong against AFFH fair housing rule termination (HousingWire)

July 30, 2020

The National Association of Realtors came out strong on Wednesday, expressing its disappointment that HUD was “retreating” on its decades-long policy requiring that communities receiving taxpayer money address discrimination and segregation. Read the full article here.