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NYC Case a ‘Warning Shot’ in Struggle to End Housing Bias against Ex-Inmates

The Crime Report

By JoAnne Page

It took five years of effort in federal court, but my organization, The Fortune Society just won a precedent-setting settlement of a landmark civil rights case that shows how advocacy groups can bring lawsuits against private landlords who impose blanket bans on renting apartments to people with criminal records. Fortune is a not-for-profit community-based organization that supports successful community reentry, including job-training and placement services for formerly incarcerated persons. Our federal litigation demonstrates that blanket bans are a violation of the Fair Housing Act, because such bans disproportionately and overwhelmingly impact African-Americans and Hispanics.

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