February 28, 2021
Nassau and Suffolk counties — as part of housing reform initiatives — have added staff to investigate and litigate discrimination complaints and established public education workshops, but they have not included what some experts said is a critical element: an undercover testing program.
Lisa Rice, president and chief executive of the National Fair Housing Alliance in Washington, D.C., said a “robust” fair housing program needs several elements, including testing, at all levels of government. She said testing is “one of the main pillars” of strong fair housing enforcement. Read more here.
February 17, 2021
This is the fourth time Kennetha has been homeless.
She and her husband have five kids, the youngest of whom is just 8. They’ve been threatened with truancy for keeping their cameras off during remote learning — a grace they hoped would spare themselves some privacy over their living situation. At 37, Kennetha is haunted by an unfinished bachelor’s degree that has left her nothing but debt. Digging herself out of a financial hole has felt like a full-time job. Being without a stable home doesn’t help. Click here to read more.
February 13, 2021
Despite the progress made from the Fair Housing Act of 1968, housing has yet to be treated as a human right – and U.S. discriminatory practices in housing continue to create barriers for marginalized groups in this country who desire to have a place where they can thrive and feel safe.
In a move that supports housing rights for all, the Biden-Harris administration this week announced that the Fair Housing Act will be enforced in cases on housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity. Click here to read more.
February 9, 2021
A large partnership of housing and civil rights organizations reached out on Monday to congressional leaders advocating for further relief for homeowners in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. Click here to read more.
February 9, 2021
When Carlyle Smith moved from Florida to Washington, D.C. in 2011 for a job opportunity, he was determined to make the city his new home. But after five years, a series of health challenges had put him behind on his bills, and he found himself moving between homeless shelters and sleeping on floors. Click here to read more.
After a campaign full of questions, advancing racial equality has been a foundation of Biden’s presidency so far (The Washington Post)
February 4, 2021
Throughout the Democratic presidential primary, Joe Biden faced criticism from opponents over his record on policies affecting Black Americans, and his habit of making gaffes when talking about Black people reared its head a few times. All the while, he was vocal about wanting to pursue racial justice for Black Americans and was the clear front-runner all along. Read more here.
January 30, 2021
Homeownership has been on the rise over the past few years even during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a deeper look at who is able to become a homeowner reveals significant racial and economic gaps. With a growing recognition in Washington of this disparity and a renewed focus on increasing financial security for Black and Hispanic families, policymakers and industry have the opportunity to correct inequities and sustainably increase minority homeownership. Read more here.
January 28, 2021
Home may be where the heart is, but playing with a seller’s emotions could lead to trouble.
In competitive housing markets, agents sometimes encourage buyers to write “love letters” in hopes of swaying the seller to choose their bid. But experts are increasingly warning that these missives could lead to discrimination. Click here to read more.
January 26, 2021
The Memphis Director of Housing and Community Development believes the president’s executive order is a step in the right direction.
Director Paul Young said housing problems are nothing new to Memphis but now is the time to change it. Click here to read more.
January 26, 2021
Nearly a week into his administration, President Joe Biden is focused on creating a path toward equity after inheriting a deeply divided nation.
After picking the most racially diverse Cabinet in US history, Biden jump-started his efforts by proposing a sweeping immigration overhaul, disbanding the 1776 commission and reversing a Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military. Click here to read more.