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 the future of fair housing
On December 9, 2008, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Commission reported on its findings.
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The 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act provided an excellent opportunity for the civil rights community to take stock of the status of fair housing in this country and look toward the future of fair housing practices.

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) created a Fair Housing Commission which conducted regional hearings across the country to gather testimony, research, data and information on fair housing enforcement and the persistence of residential segregation forty years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act.
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The hearings, chaired by former HUD Secretaries Jack Kemp and Henry Cisneros, explored:

  • The persistence of discrimination and segregation.
  • The impact of segregation on our communities and on education, and the benefits of integrated neighborhoods.
  • Federal fair housing enforcement mechanisms.
  • Enforcement by state and local governments and in the private sector, including individuals and neighborhood organizations and private, non-profit fair housing centers.
  • Strategies to break down residential segregation and provide households isolated in segregated areas the opportunity to find integrative alternatives.
  • The shortage of affordable housing and strategies to increase the stock of affordable housing.

Hearing were held in Chicago on July 15; in  Houston on July 31; in Los Angeles on September 9; in Boston on September 22; and in Atlanta on October 17.

The hearings culminated with the release of a report put out by the sponsoring organizations on December 9.

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