Fair Housing Is More Important Than Ever

Zoning Practice — December 2018

By Donald Elliott, FAICP


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Fair housing seems like a quintessentially American goal. Of course we're against housing discrimination. Who would be in favor of it? But our nation's path toward that goal has been long and slow. Support for the Fair Housing Act has been less than robust in Washington, and a surprising number of local governments are both unfamiliar with, and do not reflect the goals of the act in their zoning regulations. But there is more to the story than that. Fair housing remains a priority for many local governments and has become increasingly intertwined with efforts to address America's affordable housing crisis.

This issue of Zoning Practice reviews the basics of fair housing law, two recent developments in fair housing, and discusses practices to help close the gap between the current reality and the ideal of fair housing.


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Dec. 1, 2018
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Donald Elliott, FAICP