Statement from Lisa Rice, Executive Vice President of the National Fair Housing Alliance on the Confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of HUD

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The National Fair Housing Alliance strongly urges Dr. Ben Carson, in his new role as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to tackle immediately the many critical housing challenges that our country faces.  Many of these are a legacy of the financial and foreclosure crises which disproportionately impacted America’s communities of color. These communities have yet to recover.  Housing inequality has had a devastating effect on individuals, communities and businesses and HUD plays a pivotal role in eliminating this inequality. The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and its members across the country invite Secretary Carson to work with us to address these pressing issues.

Housing discrimination continues to be a significant problem in this country, unfairly limiting people’s choices about where to live. NFHA estimates that more than 4 million instances of housing discrimination occur annually.During his confirmation hearing, Secretary Carson said he would “aggressively enforce the Fair Housing Act,” and referred to the law as, “one of the best pieces of legislation which we’ve had.”

To read NFHA’s more detailed statement on Secretary Carson’s confirmation and learn more about NFHA’s strategies to combat housing inequality and expand fair housing opportunities, click here
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On MLK Day the FHC celebrates the life and legacy of the man who started what our mission of fair housing is today

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FHC JOINS NFHA AND 19 LOCAL FAIR HOUSING GROUPS IN FILING A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST MORTGAGE GIANT FANNIE MAE

 

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Washington DC- The Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches (FHC) joined the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and nineteen fair housing organizations from across the country to announce the filing of a housing discrimination lawsuit against Fannie Mae in federal district court in San Francisco, CA. The civil rights groups allege that Fannie Mae fails to maintain its foreclosed homes (also known as real estate owned or “REO” properties) in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods to the same standard to which it maintains its foreclosures in predominantly white neighborhoods.  This practice violates the federal Fair Housing Act.

 The fair housing organizations investigated over 2,300 properties owned by Fannie Mae, collected evidence on over 35 data points for each foreclosed home, and documented differences in treatment based on the race and/or ethnicity of the neighborhood in which the Fannie Mae foreclosure was located.  The evidence includes over 49,000 photographs.

 

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FHC JOINS FAIR HOUSING GROUPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY DEMANDING WESTCHESTER ENFORCEMENT

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In papers filed in Federal District Court in the Southern District of New York, the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches (FHC)  joined with nine other civil rights from across the country in urging the Court to consider fully the facts and perspective brought to the Court’s attention in a May 11th letter from the Anti-Discrimination Center (ADC). Pointing out that the failure to enforce the consent decree against Westchester County will embolden others across the country to perpetuate segregation, the groups asked the Court to order the robust remedies sought by ADC.
In addition to FHC, the groups filing the papers are: Central Ohio Fair Housing Association, Disability Law Center, Enhanced Section 8 Outreach Program, ERASE Racism, Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Fair Housing Council of Orange Country, Inclusive Communities Project, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center and  the National Fair Housing Alliance.

 

 

 

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