Recap: Fair Housing Month 2021

May 5, 2021

On April 29, 2021, the ERC presented an educational webinar in celebration of Fair Housing Month. The event featured a keynote talk by professor and historian George Derek Musgrove on the history of exclusionary housing practices and policies in the Greater Washington, DC region. Additionally, stakeholders in the region spoke about the collaborative Analysis of Impediments process, and fair housing experts provided updates on recent trends and new guidance.

If you’d like to revisit the information presented, or if you weren’t able to attend the event live, highlights are posted below.

George Derek Musgrove on the history of exclusionary housing policies in the DMV:

DC Councilmember Robert White reflects on fair housing in the District, and the importance of the Regional Analysis of Impediments:

Local elected officials explain the Regional Analysis of Impediments process:

Manuel Ochoa of Ochoa Urban Collaborative explains the Regional Analysis of Impediments process:

Thomas Deal of the DC Office of Human Rights explains OHR Enforcement Guidance 20-002:

Mirela Missova of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs discusses a recent case involving alleged source of income discrimination:


The Equal Rights Center (ERC) — a national non-profit organization — is a civil rights organization that identifies and seeks to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations in its home community of Greater Washington DC and nationwide. The ERC’s core strategy for identifying unlawful and unfair discrimination is civil rights testing. When the ERC identifies discrimination, it seeks to eliminate it through the use of testing data to educate the public and business community, support policy advocacy, conduct compliance testing and training, and, if necessary, take enforcement action. For more information, please visit 

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