Oct 24, 2020
A coalition of fair housing advocates has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over the recent reversal of long-standing fair housing protections. Click here to read more.
New federal rule will make it harder to challenge discrimination in the housing industry, lawsuits allege (The Washington Post)
October 22, 2020
Civil rights groups on Thursday filed a pair of lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Secretary Ben Carson for weakening an Obama-era rule meant to keep lenders, landlords and insurers from discriminating.
“Disparate impact is a critical tool to address hidden bias or systemic barriers to opportunity. It’s a way to get the marketplace to be more fair,” said Lisa Rice, president and chief executive of the National Fair Housing Alliance, which has used disparate impact to successfully challenge discriminatory zoning ordinances and insurance policies and is bringing one of the lawsuits. Click here to read more.
October 22, 2020
JPMorgan Chase announced new long-term commitments to advance racial equity. The firm will harness its expertise in business, policy and philanthropy and commit an additional $30 billion over the next five years to provide economic opportunity to underserved communities, especially the Black and Latinx communities. Click here to read more.
October 21, 2020
In today’s hot housing market, buyers feel pressure to bring their A-game. Besides making their “highest and best” offers, some eager buyers go an extra step and include a personal letter in hopes of winning the seller’s heart.
“We’re newlyweds and your house will be a perfect place to start our family!”
“Our kids will love the backyard!”
“We look forward to walking to church from your house!”
Home buyer love letters, as they’re known in the real estate industry, may seem benign on the surface. But greasing the wheels of a home sale with a letter that includes certain personal characteristics can open the door to housing discrimination. Click here to read more.
AI has exacerbated racial bias in housing. Could it help eliminate it instead? (MIT Technology Review)
October 20, 2020
Our upcoming magazine issue is devoted to long-term problems. Few problems are longer-term or more intractable than America’s systemic racial inequality. And a particularly entrenched form of it is housing discrimination. Click here to read more.
October 16, 2020
The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance organization announced that it is partnering with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and has landed its first corporate sponsor, Engel & Vӧlkers.
The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, which officially launched on Oct. 1, is an inclusive member-based organization dedicated to enhancing the professional lives of its members while providing consumers with the proper resources to assist in buying and selling their home. Click here to read more.
October 15, 2020
THE verdict is in. The 2020 Access to Justice Awards Celebration was a resounding success. The event, hosted by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. and the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program, raised about $70,000. The event, normally attended by over 500 guests, went virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. To view a recording of the event, go to justiceforallcampaign.org/access-to-justice-awards.
Sponsors and VIPs tuned in early for a reception before the live event.
Keynote speaker Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, has led investigative teams for cases resulting in the elimination of systemic discriminatory practices of lending, appraisals, insurance, rental, and real estate. The former Toledo resident who has managed fair housing organizations for 25 years, including the Toledo Fair Housing Center and the Northwest Ohio Development Agency, played a major role in crafting sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and in establishing the Office of Fair Lending within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Click here to read more.
Lindsey Graham conveniently forgets Trump’s call to segregate the suburbs (The American Independent)
October 14, 2020
It’s a major part of Trump’s pitch to ‘suburban women.’
On the second day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked if Barrett knew of any legislative efforts to roll back racial desegregation.
“You’re not aware of any effort to go back to the good old days of segregation by a legislative body, is that correct?” Graham asked.
“That is correct,” Barrett replied, noting that Brown vs. Board of Education constitutes a ‘super-precedent” — a legal clause so well-established that it’s not in danger of being overturned by lawmakers or the courts. Click here to read more.
October 14, 2020
JPMorgan Chase announced recently, new long-term commitments to advance racial equity. The firm will harness its expertise in business, policy and philanthropy and commit an additional $30 billion over the next five years to provide economic opportunity to underserved communities, especially the Black and Latinx communities. Click here to read more.
October 12, 2020
The new LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU ) with the National Fair Housing Alliance ( NFHA ) allowing for joint efforts to identify and rid the nation of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Click here to read more.