“Don’t Blame Stokely Carmichael”: The Need for Federal Fair Housing Leadership

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President Joe Biden recently issued a series of executive actions to address racial inequity in housing. Among them, he acknowledged the government’s discriminatory housing practices that contributed to today’s persistent residential segregation and directed the federal government to allocate resources to address the historic failure to invest in communities of color. These actions are historic in two ways—their indictment of the federal government’s unclean hands and recognition of the need for federal leadership to affirmatively repair its damage. This essay explores what these broad proclamations should yield in practice. It advocates elevating fair housing from one department to a cabinet-level coordinating body, similar to the President’s Fair Housing Council.

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Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law

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