Print & Online Coverage

Counties: Undercover testing to fight housing discrimination still in works (Newsday)

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.

America’s racist housing rules really can be fixed (Vox)

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.

Biden Administration Green Lights End to LGBTQ Housing Discrimination (The Davis Vanguard)

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.

Housing, civil rights groups ask Congress for $25B (HousingWire)

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.

Laying a foundation for opportunity with affordable housing (The Washington Post)

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.

We must increase access to affordable mortgages for minority borrowers (The Hill)

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.

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Love Letter to a Home Seller (Money)

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.

Executive order addressing fair housing could benefit Memphis (Fox 13)

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.

Biden continues push to put racial equity at the forefront (CNN)

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.