Earlier this year, Virginia passed several exciting fair housing bills. These bills make it illegal to discriminate based on source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status.
In recognition of the COVID-19 crisis and to help renters defend their rights, the Equal Rights Center has launched a series of educational resources addressing some of the most relevant fair [...]
Today, in celebration of Fair Housing Month 2020, the Equal Rights Center (ERC) released a new video to help explain new guidance about assistance animals from the U.S. Department of Housing and [...]
The economic impact of COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on renters, and renters will be the ones who will likely feel the greatest impact from a rise in discriminatory practices.
The Community Reinvestment Act mandated that, wherever banks operate, they must meet the credit needs of the “entire community, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.” Now, the Office [...]
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in housing against people with disabilities. However, discrimination persists, and may prevent people with I/DD to secure housing in the community.
HUD Takes it Back to Basics in New Guidance on Assistance Animals in Hopes of Reducing the Number of Related Complaints
On January 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a notice on “Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair [...]
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Proposed Rule Fails to Address Discrimination and Segregation
The proposed rule reverses many of the positive aspects of the 2015 rule and, instead of working to affirmatively further fair housing, would likely allow the further entrenchment of patterns of [...]
This landlord likely spent only a few seconds sending that text message, telling me I couldn’t apply at his property because he thought I was African. Yet those few seconds have dramatically [...]
When a winter wonderland leads to more barriers for people with disabilities: Snow Removal under the Fair Housing Act
The need for accessible sidewalks does not change by the season. What does change is the effects of winter months on sidewalks. Snow is no excuse for inaccessibility, nor is the government [...]