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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.

  About the National Commission on Fair Housing
   and Equal Opportunity

Members of the Commission

Co-Chair Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Executive Chairman, CityView

Co-Chair Jack Kemp, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Founder and Chairman, Kemp Partners

Pat Vredevoogd Combs, 2007 President, National Association of REALTORS®

Okianer Christian Dark, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law

I. King Jordan, President Emeritus, Gallaudet University

Myron Orfield, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota School of Law; Executive Director, Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota

Gordon Quan, Former Mayor Pro Tem and Chair of the Housing Committee, City of Houston

Guest Commissioners

Tina Brooks, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Boston)

Charles McMillan, 2009 President of the National Association of Realtors (Houston)

Commission Hearings

  • July 15, 2008: Chicago, Illinois, Access Living
  • July 31, 2008: Houston, Texas, National Bar Association Annual Conference
  • September 9, 2008: Los Angeles, California, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • September 22, 2008: Boston, Massachusetts, Suffolk University Law School
  • October 17, 2008: Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse College

Next Section: Acknowledgements

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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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