The Crime Report: NYC Case a ‘Warning Shot’ in Struggle to End Housing Bias against Ex-Inmates
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.
In an April 12 memo, Secretary Marcia Fudge instructed every HUD program office to review and propose changes…Read More
In an April 12 memo, Secretary Marcia Fudge instructed every HUD program…Read More