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Fair Housing Act
The Federal Fair Housing Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and local laws, such as the New York City Human Rights Law and the Nassau County and Suffolk County Human Rights Law, make it illegal to discriminate in the sale, lease, purchase, rental, or financing of any equal-housing-logohousing accommodation, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of a protected characteristic. For a list of the protected characteristics identified by Federal, New York State, New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County, click here.

Fair Housing Resources:

Videos:

A Really Brief History
of Fair Housing
(66 mins)

Though we have made great strides toward fair housing policies in our country, we still have a long way to go. This webinar will address the history and evolution of The Fair Housing Act and its impact on society. Discover how the changing face of America affects our politics and shapes our nation. Will also discuss solutions to some of the challenges faced in our communities.

Special Fair Housing Webinar
for LIBOR Members
(58 mins)

Bryan Greene, NAR’s Director of Fair Housing Policy, will speak on the fair housing issues that have come aground on Long Island and the bigger boat of tools we will need to address them.  

The Segregation Myth: Richard Rothstein Debunks an American Lie | NowThis
(9 mins)

‘The racial segregation in every metropolitan area in this country was created by racially explicit government policy, designed to create racial boundaries.’ — Segregation expert Richard Rothstein has spent his life debunking the American myth that white and Black people live separately by choice

Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing
(53 mins)

NAR and the Perception Institute have teamed up to create a curriculum that will help REALTORS® recognize unconscious biases.

Why Cities Are Still So Segregated | Let's Talk | NPR
(6 mins)

In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act that made it illegal to discriminate in housing. Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch explains why neighborhoods are still so segregated today.

An Overview of the Fair Housing Act 
(6 mins)

Download this free chapter to re-energize your fair housing compliance program.
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NAR - Be A Fair Housing Leader
(17 mins)

Show your commitment to equal opportunity; watch this video and
share with your fellow agents.

Segregated By Design
(18 mins)

Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.

Window to the Law: Fair Housing Update
(4 mins)

The Fair Housing Act is more than do’s and don’ts, rights and penalties. Fair Housing protects your business as real estate professionals who depend on a free, open market with equal opportunity. In this video, get the tips and tools you need now to understand and comply with this important law.

NAR 360 at the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings  (23 mins)

Watch this moving commemoration to the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
and a history of fair housing in the United States.

"Accents" Fair Housing PSA
(1 min)

"Accents" is a short public service announcement about housing discrimination.

Matter Of Place by The Fair Housing Justice Center
(27 mins)

a documentary film that shines a bright light on housing discrimination, one of the most shrouded and misunderstood civil rights issues in America.

America Divided
(16 mins)

The EPIX-Original docu-series America Divided features stories about inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system – all woven into an eight-story, five-part series.

Understanding New York State's New Fair Housing Regulations
Presented by Corporate Counsel Doreen Spagnuolo and Associate Corporate Counsel Patrick Fife
(14 mins)

To view the slides from our Legal Counsel's webinar, click here.

Podcasts:


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1619 - The New York Times

“1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones.Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed.

The Bowery Boys Podcast

EPISODE 303: The residential complexes Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, built in the late 1940s, incorporating thousands of apartments within a manicured "campus" on the east side, seemed to provide the perfect solution for New York City's 20th century housing woes.

NPR Code Switch Podcast

Ira Glass talks to a 15 year old girl who was kicked out of school after administrators discovered her mother using her grandfather’s address to send her to a school just a few miles away. The difference in education was astounding. A reporter talks to a group of New York City residents about their frustrating attempts to rent an apartment. With hidden microphones, we hear landlords tell the apartment hunters that there’s nothing available. But that’s not necessarily true.

Reveal Podcast

Reporters analyzed 31 million government mortgage records and determined that people of color were more likely than whites to be denied a conventional home loan in 61 metro areas, including Atlanta, Detroit and Washington. That’s after controlling for a variety of factors, including applicants’ income, loan amount and neighborhood.

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This American Life Podcast

Where you live is important. It can dictate quality of schools and hospitals, as well as things like cancer rates, unemployment, or whether the city repairs roads in your neighborhood. On this week's show, stories about destiny by address.

Books:


Fight For Fair Housing

The Fight for Fair Housing

The Fight for Fair Housing brings together the nation's leading fair housing activists and scholars (many of whom are in both camps) to tell the stories that led to the passage of the Fair Housing Act, its consequences, and the implications of the act going forward.

Race For Profit

Race For Profit

Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The same racist structures and individuals remained intact after redlining's end, and close relationships between regulators and the industry created incentives to ignore improprieties. Meanwhile, new policies meant to encourage low-income homeownership created new methods to exploit Black homeowners.

Talking To Strangers

Talking To Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, reinvents the audiobook in this immersive production of TALKING TO STRANGERS, a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don't know. How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?

So You Want To Talk About Race

So You Want to Talk about Race

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor-at-Large of the Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

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The New Jim Crow

Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexanders The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Wilmington's Lie The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans. There were successful black-owned businesses and an African American newspaper, The Record. But across the state—and the South—white supremacist Democrats were working to reverse the advances made by former slaves and their progeny.

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Sundown Towns - A Hidden Dimension of American Racism


In a provocative, sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, Loewen uncovers the thousands of “sundown towns”—almost exclusively white towns where it was an unspoken rule that blacks could not live there—that cropped up throughout the twentieth century, most of them located outside of the South.

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation.