March 30, 2020, 7am PDT
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) imposes liability upon landlords and governments whose policies have a discriminatory effect against racial minorities. However, the courts have interpreted this doctrine narrowly.
February 18, 2020, 11am PST
A former housing and urban development secretary and a professor of sociology oppose the Trump administration's proposed changes to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.
January 13, 2020, 5am PST
The Trump administration last week published its latest attempt to undermine a fair housing rule adopted during the Obama administration.
August 22, 2019, 9am PDT
A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development raises the burden of proof in cases of disparate impact, and provides additional defenses for defendants.
January 9, 2019, 5am PST
The Supreme Court upheld the disparate impact doctrine at the heart of fair housing rules, along with many other anti-discrimination policies, in 2015. Still, the Trump administration is looking for ways to undermine disparate impact.
July 10, 2018, 10am PDT
Chicago's own city government, in the form of aldermanic prerogatives and privileges, contributes to racial and economic segregation, according to a new study.
July 2, 2018, 8am PDT
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy introduces the possibility that a future court will overturn the doctrine of disparate impact central to fair housing practices and policies.
January 4, 2018, 9am PST
The largest private landlord in the U.S. faces a discrimination suit for refusing to rent to people with criminal records.
Center for Investigative Reporting
February 16, 2017, 8am PST
A new feature-length documentary film raises the question of whether public transportation is a civil rights issue.
February 4, 2017, 7am PST
All eyes are on Texas to see whether fair housing policies enacted by the Obama Administration will have any chance to stick.
December 6, 2016, 6am PST
Rules protecting minorities' access to housing have been strengthened under the Obama administration. That progress could be lost under a HUD Secretary who opposes Fair Housing altogether.
December 10, 2015, 10am PST
Describing a seminar on "Sprawl and the Law" at the University of Pittsburgh.
July 30, 2015, 6am PDT
Laura Bliss argues that implicit discrimination in the boundary-shaping policies of school districts necessitates reform of the property-tax funding system.
July 25, 2015, 7am PDT
An interview with a leading academic on the subject of fair housing offers perspective on the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
July 16, 2015, 11am PDT
A New York Times op-ed predicts that recent changes to Fair Housing could prompt unintended consequences—such as new support for the Republican Party among middle class white populations.
June 25, 2015, 10am PDT
A highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling on the concept of "disparate impact" at the heart of the Fair Housing Act.
January 22, 2015, 6am PST
It’s important to remember, as the Texas disparate impact case reaches the Supreme Court of the United States later this month, the actual people who bear the brunt of Texas' history of housing discrimination.
January 14, 2015, 6am PST
A Supreme Court hearings less than two weeks away could destroy fair housing as we know it.