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#KeepHousingFair in the News

Posted on 21. Jan, 2015 by

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Today, the Supreme Court will hear Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, a case that could threaten the long-standing legal theory of disparate impact, which has protected all Americans from discrimination for decades. James Perry, Executive Director of GNOFHAC, will join other advocates on the steps of the Supreme Court to rally in support of the disparate impact protection afforded by the Fair Housing Act.

The disparate impact protection requires that banks, landlords, and other housing providers should choose policies that apply fairly to all persons. Some policies that seem neutral in theory can unfairly exclude or segregate particular communities in practice. For example, an apartment complex could exclude applicants without full-time jobs- a policy that seems facially neutral. But such a policy has a disparate impact on people like disabled veterans or seniors who do not work full-time but may still afford an apartment.

National civil rights advocates have shown their support of upholding current fair housing protections on twitter, Facebook, and in countless op-ed pieces in national media sources. These include: 

  1. Marc Morial’s Op-Ed: The Grio
  2. Stanley Pottinger and John R. Dunne Op-Ed: The Hill
  3. Bill Lann Lee’s Op-Ed: The Sacramento Bee
  4. Barbara Arnwine’s Op-Ed: MSNBC
  5. Larry Schwartztol: ACLU blog

More from the New York Times here.

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