Homeownership is the cornerstone for building wealth in America. Yet nearly 55 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which was passed to prohibit all forms of housing discrimination, the dream of equality in home buying remains unfulfilled. To date, steering and other covert kinds of discriminatory practices remain in the homeownership process. Recent reports of widescale steering by real estate agents, low appraisals of the homes of Black and Brown families, and other discriminatory practices show that much work remains.
The National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) hosted a forum that pulled back the covers on subtle yet discriminatory practices that deny potential homebuyers access to fair and equitable housing. Panelists examined and discussed the impact that racism and discrimination have at each stage of the homebuying process and the compounding cost to families and communities. Finally, participants gained a better understanding of how to increase consumer awareness, educate communities, and explore investigative strategies for enforcement agencies. Over 811 fair housing partners joined the conversation.