May 16, 2017

Our show on Tuesday, May 16th, 12:00-1:00 PM, will focus on “America Desperately Needs Fair and Affordable Housing: How the National Fair Housing Alliance is Making the Difference!” Discrimination and segregation in housing, rentals and home sales continue to be a significant problem for People of Color, people with disabilities and families with children. In April, 2017, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) released its groundbreaking annual report, “2017 Fair Housing Trends Report”, which provided an overview of the severity of obstacles and barriers to fair housing. Our show will discuss this urgent national challenge and the closely related problems of affordable housing, community economic development and homelessness.

Our expert guests include Shanna Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fair Housing Alliance; Keenya Robertson, President and CEO at HOPE, Inc., Fair Housing Center; James Perry, President and CEO Winston-Salem Urban League; and Stella Adams, Chief of Equity and Inclusion, National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Dr. Ben Carson is the new Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development which regulates fair housing policy. According to the 2017 Trends Report, an estimated 4 million instances of discrimination occur annually just in the rental market alone. Most discrimination reported complaints to local and federal fair housing agencies and cooperating organizations are on the basis of disability, followed by race and families with disabilities.

In addition, just recently on May 1st, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a victory for the fair housing and civil rights community in its decision in Bank of America v. The City of Miami. This decision was highly critical of the role of the banking industry in the provision of racially predatory loans which overvalued property and overcharged people of color for loans. As a result of these practices, African American, Latino and other communities were hard hit by the foreclosure crisis and loss substantially more wealth than Caucasians who were granted prime loans. These practices resulted in a big erosion of the tax bases of many cities. The Court held that standing existed to allow cities to sue, under the Fair Housing Act, banks for these predatory practices. What impact can we expect from this decision?

Our guests will outline the key findings of the Trends Report. The will also help us explore several issues such as: What can we expect from the Carson HUD? Will the Obama era HUD policies to further fair housing and address disparate impact be continued? What are the priorities of the NFHA? What can be done to promote affordable housing? What are the best strategies to combat housing discrimination at the federal, state and local levels?

These and more questions will be explored during the show.

Be sure to listen live to the show on Tuesday, May 16th, 12:00-1:00 PM, in the DC Metro Region at WOL 1450 AM and worldwide on the Internet at www. A podcast of the show will be available Tuesday evening.

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Stella Adams

Ms. Adams is a nationally recognized expert in fair housing, predatory lending, mortgage fraud and investigation techniques. Most recently Ms. Adams served as the Senior […]

Keenya Robertson

Keenya Robertson has dedicated her professional career to advocating for fair housing and other civil rights. She is President & CEO of Housing Opportunities Project […]

James Perry

James Perry is president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League. Perry manages a 200 person team across the state of North Carolina, advocating for […]

Shanna L. Smith

  Shanna L. Smith has been the President/CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) for 26 years. She was previously the executive director of […]