Home & Garden Tour: September 20, 2015
Preview Party on September 19
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FAIR HOUSING TESTERS NEEDED
Work on housing audit studies. No experience necessary, we will train. For information, email the Fair Housing Director.
Our 2015 Friends Fund Campaign is underway.
CONCERNED ABOUT FAIR HOUSING?
Here are two issues you can take action on.
Educational Redlining and School Ratings: The practice of redlining in real estate was made illegal by the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968; this landmark legislation prohibited redlining by mortgage lenders when their criteria were based on race, religion, sex, familial status, disability, or ethnic origin. But the Fair Housing Committee of HCC has uncovered an insidious form of redlining that takes place today in popular real estate websites, such as Zillow and Realtor.com
"School Rating" numbers appear on many national real estate websites and in some television advertising. These ratings provide a color-coded (green, yellow, red) number from 1 to 10 that purport to describe the schools around a house that's for sale. We asked, "Where do these numbers come from? How are colors assigned?"
What we found will surprise you. Check out HCC member Ralph Day's presentation on this topic, and discover what you can do to learn more, to take action, or to help fight for change.
Ohio's Fair Housing Law Should Not Be Gutted: Senate Bill 134 and House Bill 149 are currently before the Ohio General Assembly. These proposed bills seek to reduce or eliminate state penalties for those found guilty of housing discrimination. They also exempt certain individual property owners from fair housing laws altogether. Read more about the proposed bills and what you can do to ensure Ohio's laws remain effective.
Stay Informed! What's being done? Click HERE to see.
UPDATE ON FAIR HOUSING: The Fair Housing Act of 1968 barred routine racial discrimination and required the government to dismantle segregation and foster integration in its place — a mandate that has been forgotten, neglected and unenforced.
In the long-awaited Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will provide support to communities in meeting their obligations under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The AFFH rule change follows the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Fair Housing Act, which upheld the use of disparate impact claims, or the recognition that certain policies may be deemed discriminatory based not on intentions, but on the resulting negative impact on a minority group.
The final AFFH rule provides program participants with "clear guidelines and data they can use to achieve those goals," the department said in a release. It requires cities that receive HUD funds--such as Cleveland Heights--to scrutinize their housing patterns for racial bias and to publicly report the results every 3-5 yrs. Under the rule, communities will gain access to data on topics like housing, demographics and poverty to help them fill housing gaps. The rule also creates an assessment planning process to better assist those communities in setting goals and priorities to remove those barriers. Implementation of the rule will be gradually phased in, with HUD offering support to participating communities as they adjust.
"By encouraging a balanced approach that includes targeted investments in revitalizing areas, as well as increased housing choice in areas of opportunity, the rule will enable program participants to promote access to community assets such as quality education, employment, and transportation," according to the HUD release.
Ohio fair housing advocates praised the move shortly after it was announced.