The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
The Future of Fair Housing
- Table of Contents
- About the Commission
- Executive Summary
- I. Housing Discrimination and Segregation Continue
- II. Fair Housing Enforcement at HUD is Failing
- III. Fair Housing Enforcement at the Justice Department is Weak
- IV. The Need for Strong Fair Housing Programs
- V. Fair Housing and the Foreclosure Crisis
- VI. Federal Housing Programs
- VII. Fair Housing Obligations of Federal Grantees
- VIII. Regionalism and Fair Housing Enforcement
- IX. The President's Fair Housing Council
- X. Fair Housing Education: A Missing Piece
- XI. The Necessity of Fair Housing Research
- XII. Conclusion
- Appendix A: Emerging Fair Housing Issues
- Appendix B: International Disapproval of U.S. Fair Housing Policy
- Appendix C:
- Appendix D: Commission Witnesses and Staff
Strengthen DOJ’s Role in Fair Housing and Fair Lending Enforcement
The Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice must take a stronger leadership role in fair housing and fair lending enforcement by focusing its resources on fair housing cases, and challenging lending discrimination, steering and discriminatory exclusionary zoning practices by local and state governments. Special attention should also be given to addressing discriminatory practices by federally funded and tax credit properties and seeking new ways to combat the failure to promote residential segregation in these programs.
DOJ must work more closely with federal, state and local fair housing enforcers and private fair housing groups to develop systemic investigations and pattern and practice cases. To free up resources to increase systemic cases, it should increase the responsibility of U.S. Attorney offices to handle the "election" cases.
DOJ must better focus its testing program to address real estate sales, steering, exclusionary zoning and predatory lending practices based on race, national origin, and disability and increase the number of cases based on its testing program. DOJ must also reassert its leadership role in fair housing by increased participation as amicus curiae in private cases that involve important fair housing and fair lending issues.
DOJ must bring cases based on the disparate impact theory and involve itself in private litigation to defend against attacks on the disparate impact standard of proof in fair housing and fair lending cases.
DOJ, as well as all federal agencies with responsibility for addressing the increasing number of natural disasters in this country, must also increase its readiness and give much higher priority to investigating and prosecuting discriminatory practices that occur in the wake of catastrophic events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.