Residential Segregation is the Bedrock of Today’s Inequalities
The Fair Housing Act, passed in 1968 just seven days after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, sought to ban housing discrimination and dismantle segregation. However, failure to enforce its provisions has allowed residential segregation to continue worsening over the years. Today, Black Americans are more likely to live in neighborhoods where they are over-policed and lack access to healthcare, clean environments, well-resourced schools, healthy food options, living wage jobs, quality credit, transit, and opportunities to build wealth. These spaces are toxic, suffocating. They reduce life’s breath and they literally reduce life expectancy.
At the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), we enforce the nation’s fair housing laws to stop housing discrimination and create equal housing opportunities. We use a range of tools to build healthy, diverse, well-resourced neighborhoods so everyone can breathe.