ACLU Article Connects Systemic Inequality to Lack of Fair Housing

In a recent article, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explains why efforts to address systemic inequality must focus on ensuring fair housing. The article explores the concept of fair housing, the history of federal law addressing housing discrimination, the impacts of housing discrimination on Black communities, and how the “Fair Housing Act” promotes more inclusive communities. The article also surveys how the ACLU has sought to combat housing discrimination by pursuing solutions with multi-sector implications, such as challenging “crime-free housing” programs and advocating for the housing rights of domestic and sexual violence survivors. “Today, fair housing remains the key to addressing deepening income inequality and forced displacement from our communities, as the long-lasting reach of discriminatory housing practices constantly shape who has access to quality education, health care, security, opportunity, and wealth,” explains the article.