Posted on June 7, 2023
With CREDO funding, the National Fair Housing Alliance is fighting housing and lending discrimination
Note from the CREDO team: This June, the National Fair Housing Alliance is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO community will play a critical role in NFHA’s efforts to address housing inequalities that persist in this country
Read this important blog post from NFHA’s President and CEO Lisa Rice, then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this March.
Fifty-five years ago, on February 29, 1968, the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission, issued a seminal report noting that our nation was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white‒separate and unequal.” Just weeks later, on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a champion of justice who had been outspoken on the nation’s economic and racial inequalities, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Just seven days later, the Fair Housing Act became law.
We have come a long way since that tumultuous time 55 years ago.
Yet, with these accomplishments, and amid material abundance, we still have unfair systems that are driving racial wealth and homeownership gaps; economic inequality; and structural barriers for women, people with disabilities, certain religious groups, new immigrants, and LGBTQ+ communities.
That is why efforts like CREDO Mobile’s grant program play a critical role in NFHA’s efforts to address inequalities that persist in this country.
Through NFHA’s education and outreach, member services, public policy, advocacy, housing and community development, tech equity, enforcement, and consulting and compliance programs, our team works to dismantle those long standing barriers to equity and build diverse, inclusive, well-resourced communities where everyone can thrive. Funding is the pillar of NFHA’s efforts to continue this work.
This year, as part of the 55th Anniversary Campaign celebrating Dr. King’s legacy and commemorating key events of 1968, NFHA is working with its allies and partners to examine what has been achieved over the years and develop solutions that must be put in place to make fair housing a reality in the United States. We are creating and implementing strategies for addressing appraisal bias, discrimination against people who use Housing Choice Vouchers, algorithmic injustice, the racial wealth and homeownership gaps, the affordable housing crisis, restrictive zoning challenges, ways to implement the Fair Housing Act’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing mandate, and much more.
Fair housing should be the norm in this country. A fair housing system makes for stronger families, livable communities, and resilient businesses to create a robust, productive economy that generates opportunities for all to thrive and prosper.