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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.

  Appendix D: Commission Witnesses and Staff

Invited panel witnesses

  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Roberta Achtenberg, California State University, former Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Gary Acosta, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals; New Vista
  • Michael Allen, Relman & Dane PLLC
  • Janis Bowdler, Wealth-Building Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
  • Cal Bradford, President, Calvin Bradford and Associates
  • Chris Brancart, Brancart and Brancart
  • Xavier Briggs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Marca Bristo, Access Living
  • John Brittain, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Tina Brooks, Housing and Community Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Willie Brown, State Farm Insurance
  • Judith A. Browne-Dianis, Advancement Project
  • Daniel Bustamente, Greater Houston Fair Housing Center
  • Harry L. Carey, former Associate General Council, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • James Carr, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Connie Chamberlin, Housing Opportunities Made Equal
  • Scott Chang, Relman & Dane PLLC
  • Camille Zubrinsky Charles, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kathy Clark, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance
  • Cathy Cloud, National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Foster Corbin, Metro Atlanta Fair Housing Services, Inc.
  • Wayne Dawson Jr., Savannah-Chatham County Fair Housing Council
  • Ingrid Ellen, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
  • Frances Espinoza, Housing Rights Center
  • Lance Freeman, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
  • Fred Freiberg, Fair Housing Justice Center
  • Hector Gamboa, Spanish Coalition for Housing
  • John Goering, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York; Ph.D. Program in Political Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Ira Goldstein, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Ginny Hamilton, Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
  • David Harris, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School
  • Jesus Hernandez, University of California – Davis
  • Helmi Hisserich, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Policy, City of Los Angeles
  • Diane L. Houk, Fair Housing Justice Center
  • Elizabeth K. Julian, Inclusive Communities Project; former Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • David Kahne, ACLU of Greater Houston
  • Erin Kemple, Connecticut Fair Housing Center
  • Maria Kong, National Association of Real Estate Brokers
  • Henry Korman, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force
  • George Lipsitz, University of California – Santa Barbara
  • John Logan, Brown University
  • Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General
  • Demetria McCain, Inclusive Communities Project
  • Jim McCarthy, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center
  • Deborah McKoy, Center for Cities and Schools, University of California – Berkeley
  • Bonnie Milstein, Office of Program Civil Rights Compliance, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Reilly Morse, Mississippi Center for Justice
  • Amy Nelson, Fair Housing of the Dakotas
  • Melvin Oliver, University of California – Santa Barbara
  • Gary Orfield, Civil Rights Project, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
  • Jose Padilla, California Rural Legal Assistance
  • James Perry, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
  • Alexander Polikoff, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
  • john powell, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, Ohio State University
  • Leslie Proll, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Nancy Ramirez, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Mike Rawson, California Affordable Housing Law Project of the Public Interest Law Project
  • John Relman, Relman & Dane PLLC
  • Dale Rhines, former Staff Member, Office of Enforcement, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Keenya Robertson, HOPE, Inc.
  • Florence Roisman, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis
  • James Rosenbaum, Northwestern University
  • Stuart T. Rossman, National Consumer Law Center
  • Tim Sandos, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Barbara Sard, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
  • Robert Schwemm, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Shanna Smith, National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Eboni SternJohn, Minneapolis, MN
  • Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania
  • Blair Taylor, Los Angeles Urban League
  • William Tisdale, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
  • Margery Austin Turner, Metropolitan Housing and Communities, The Urban Institute
  • Cynthia Watts-Elder, Connecticut Fair Housing Center
  • Bill Wilen, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • John Wong, Asian Real Estate Association of America

Additional public testimony and written submissions

  • Dorothea A. Ardoin, Coldwell Banker Schmidt
  • Michael Blue, Chicago, Illinois
  • James Robert Breymaier, Oak Park Regional Housing Center
  • Phyllis Cheng, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
  • Vincent Curry, Fair Housing Advocates Association
  • Jill Fenner, Fair Housing Center of Nebraska
  • Valerie Fortner, Chicago, Illinois
  • Brian Gilmore and Lois Hanshaw, Howard University School of Law
  • Nancy Haynes, Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
  • Bill Henning, Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Ilene Jacobs, California Rural Legal Assistance
  • Bernie Kleina, HOPE Inc.
  • Maria Krysan, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Jeremy Liu, Asian Community Development Corporation
  • Bill Martin, Michigan Association of REALTORS®
  • Clyde Murphy, Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Jim Park, Asian Real Estate Association of America
  • John R. Petruszak, South Suburban Housing Center
  • Mary Prem, Project Sentinel
  • Theresa M. Ragot, Groton Housing Partnership
  • Wanda Remmers, Housing Rights Inc.
  • Gail Schechter, Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs
  • Lennox Scott, John L. Scott Real Estate
  • Ann Seligsohn, Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.
  • Mark D. Stern, Mark D. Stern, P.C.
  • John H. Suhrbier, Winchester Multicultural Network
  • Hernán Vera, Public Counsel
  • Lauren Walker, Fair Housing Center; City Council, Tacoma, Washington
  • John Y. Wong, Chinese American Real Estate Professionals Association

Contributors to this Report

Primary authors

  • Sara Pratt, Fair Housing Consultant
  • Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Contributing authors

  • Megan K. Whyte, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Joseph Rich, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Julie Fernandes, The Raben Group
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  The Future of Fair Housing
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.
Appendices
Appendix C: Commissioner Correspondence on Foreclosure Relief Implementation
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