Print & Online Coverage

Consumer advocates push President Biden in his first 100 days (The Philadelphia Tribune)

January 25, 2021

As President Joe Biden begins his term of office, the nation and much of the world are waiting and watching to see how his promises become policies and practices that relieve long-term and widespread suffering. Click here to read more.

For Black homeowners, a common conundrum with appraisals (The Washington Post)

January 21, 2021

When Gwen and Lorenzo Mitchell decided last spring to remodel their Denver home they thought a home-equity loan would be the smartest way to finance it. Click here to read more.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.’s fair housing legacy (Marketplace)

January 18, 2021

The Fair Housing Act was introduced in 1966, thanks to pressure from Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders. But for two years, the bill went nowhere.

“When that bill died in Congress, a bit of democracy died,” King said in a 1967 speech at Stanford University. “A bit of our commitment to justice died.”

Then on April 4, 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Amid the public outrage that followed, President Lyndon Johnson pushed Congress to pass the legislation in King’s honor. Read more here.

Source of income discrimination — let’s end it (Daily Herald)

January 13, 2021

In the age of coronavirus and with an economy on the brink of catastrophe, none of us can afford to turn our noses up at government aid. Many were happy to receive those checks in the mail last year. And I am sure we all know at least one of the more than one million people that have applied for unemployment assistance in Illinois since March. Click here to read more.

Operator to expand training, pay $162,500 to settle lawsuit alleging discrimination (McKnight’s Senior Living)

January 5, 2021

Leisure Care will expand staff training and pay $162,500 in damages, attorneys’ fees and other costs to settle a lawsuit that alleged that the company violated the rights of people who are deaf or hard of hearing by not providing American Sign Language interpreters and not paying for interpreter services, and for steering of families of prospective residents who are deaf or hard of hearing to other senior living communities.

The National Fair Housing Alliance, which had filed lawsuits in May against Leisure Care and several other senior living operators, announced the settlement with the company on Thursday. The NFHA said the implementation of the terms of the agreement will result in expanded housing options for older adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Click here to read more.

Nationwide’s Commitment to Combat Racism Highlights National Trend (Columbus CEO)

January 4, 2021

During a national reckoning on race, some companies are dedicating funds to social justice organizations.

George Floyd’s killing sparked a trend in corporate giving.

In the immediate aftermath of the 46-year-old Black man’s death under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer and the worldwide protests that followed, Columbus-based Nationwide announced in June a $1 million, multiyear commitment to support organizations that combat racism and promote economic empowerment. The company is one of several with large Central Ohio footprints—including JPMorgan Chase, KeyBank and CVS Health—that have recently announced major contributions to social justice causes. Click here to read more.

Judge halts enforcement of diversity training crackdown on contractors (Washington Technology)

January 4, 2021

A federal judge in a California district court blocked parts of President Donald Trump’s executive order on diversity and inclusion training that apply to federal contractors and grant recipients.

The September executive order targeted “divisive concepts” that it labelled as “offensive and anti-American” in workforce diversity and inclusion trainings provided to federal employees, military service members, federal contractors and grant recipients. It’s garnered backlash from civil rights groups, business and tech groups while creating a chilling effect in diversity training both in and out of government. Click here to read more.

Federal District Court Issues Nationwide Temporary Ban on Executive Order 13950 (The National Law Review)

December 29, 2020

On December 22, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction banning the enforcement of Sections 4 and 5 of Executive Order 13950 (EO 13950), a sweeping federal directive whose stated aim is “to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating” by prohibiting federal contractors and grantees from inculcating such views in their diversity and inclusion workplace trainings. Click here to read more.

Biden allies push back on sweeping plan to promote fair housing (POLITICO)

December 25, 2020

Donald Trump scrapped an Obama-era rule on housing. Some local officials hope Joe Biden doesn’t simply restore it as is. …

“Blacks and Latinos are more likely to live in health deserts with fewer health care facilities, dentists, primary care physicians,” said Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance. The 2015 rule “was designed to fix all of these structural issues. And instead of enforcing AFFH, Trump has eviscerated it.”

The data and assessment tools folded into the original Obama rule may need to be “updated,” she said, but the regulation itself is critical to addressing systemic racism. Click here to read more.

AI could amplify racial discrimination in housing (Axios)

December 22, 2020

Racial biases in technology and artificial intelligence can amplify discrimination in the housing market for people of color, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance Lisa Rice said at an Axios Event aired Tuesday. Read more here.

Experts Say Homeowners Exiting Forbearance Will Need Outreach, Assistance (Mortgage News Daily)

December 21, 2020

The Urban Institute (UI) recently held a webinar with housing experts to look at distress in the housing market. In a report on the findings, researchers Jung Hyun Choi and Daniel Pang say that, as of November, 3.7 million homeowners who had taken advantage of forbearance as the pandemic began have left the programs while 3.2 million others continue to struggle. About 2.8 million remain in active forbearance while another 369,000 are delinquent on payments but are not in plans. Many of those in active forbearance have reached their sixth month, requiring them to either leave their plans or request an extension. Click here to read more.