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The Future of Fair Housing - Report of the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Forty years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity was convened to travel across the country to collect information and hear testimony about the nature and extent of illegal housing discrimination, its connection with government policy and practice, and its effect on our communities. The Commission held hearings in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, and Atlanta.

On December 9, 2008, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Commission reported on its findings.

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Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, NFHA has partnered with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund to create a national, bipartian fair housing commission to investigate the alarming state of U.S. housing in the wake of the subprime housing debacle.

On December 9, 2008, the commission released its findings and recommendations in this comprehensive report.

Table of Contents

About the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Acknowledgements

Executive Summary

Introduction: The Goal of Inclusive, Diverse, Communities

I. Forty Years After the Passage of the Fair Housing Act, Housing Discrimination and Segregation Continue

II. Fair Housing Enforcement at HUD is Failing

III. Fair Housing Enforcement at the Justice Department is Weak

IV. The Need for a Strong Fair Housing Initiatives Program and a Coordinated Fair Housing Assistance Program

V. Fair Housing and the Foreclosure Crisis

VI. Federal Housing Programs: The Mandate to "Affirmatively Further Fair Housing"

VII. Fair Housing Obligations of Federal Grantees

VIII. Regionalism and Fair Housing Enforcement

IX. The President's Fair Housing Council

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X. Fair Housing Education: A Missing Piece

XI. The Necessity of Fair Housing Research

XII. Conclusion

Appendices

Appendix A: Emerging Fair Housing Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Appendix B: International Disapproval of U.S. Fair Housing Policy

Appendix C: Commissioner Correspondence on Foreclosure Relief Implementation

Appendix D: Commission Witnesses and Staff

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