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Housing Center & NEOCH Release Brochure on the Rights of People in Shelter

Local residents experiencing homelessness have raised questions and concerns about their civil rights in shelter. The Housing Center partnered with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) to produce a new brochure addressing some common questions and concerns. Click here to view the new brochure.

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Housing Research & Advocacy Center, National Fair Housing Alliance, and 19 Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit Against Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae

The lawsuit alleges racial discrimination by Fannie Mae in the maintenance of its real estate owned (REO) properties. The groups assessed the conditions of Fannie Mae properties in 38 metropolitan areas throughout the country over several years’ time and concluded that Fannie Mae fails to maintain its properties in middle- and working-class African American and […]

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The Housing Center Releases the 11th Annual State of Fair Housing in Northeast Ohio Report

Housing discrimination is still a problem in Northeast Ohio. In 2015, there were 143 complaints of housing discrimination in Northeast Ohio that were filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, up from the 25-year average of 138.9. Although the increase in cases filed is significant, it represents only a small fraction of […]

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Housing Center Welcomes New Executive Director

The board and staff are excited to announce the appointment of Carrie Pleasants to Executive Director of the Housing Research & Advocacy Center. Ms. Pleasants had served as the Associate Director of The Housing Center since 2008. Please welcome Carrie and congratulate her on her new position at the Fair Housing Reception on April 28th!

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Housing Research & Advocacy Center Releases Report on Housing Voucher Mobility in Cuyahoga County

Housing mobility for participants in the housing voucher programs in Cuyahoga County is low as voucher participants are being excluded from high opportunity areas. Housing Research & Advocacy Center’s (The Housing Center) newest report, “Housing Voucher Mobility in Cuyahoga County,” examines the ability of voucher participants to choose where they live and those obstacles that […]

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Housing Research & Advocacy Center Examines LGBTQ Housing Discrimination in Cuyahoga County

Housing discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community is widespread throughout Cuyahoga County. Housing Research & Advocacy Center’s (The Housing Center) newest report, “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Housing Discrimination in Cuyahoga County” assesses the prevalence of housing discrimination in rental transactions in Cuyahoga County based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  […]

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Housing Fair: Home Accessibility for Every Age and Stage

Autumn is all about comfort. From pumpkin spiced lattes to cozy sweaters. It’s also time to think about the comforts of home.   Come to our Housing Fair: Home Accessibility for Every Age and Stage on October 14, 2015, from 2-7 p.m., at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, 3450 Lee Road, in Shaker Heights. […]

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Housing Research & Advocacy Center Applauds New Fair Housing Rule

Cleveland, Ohio – An important new fair housing regulation – aimed at promoting diverse, inclusive communities and overcoming the negative effects of segregation – was issued today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The regulation is designed to guide jurisdictions in complying with their existing obligations to “affirmatively further fair housing,” […]

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Supreme Court Affirms Disparate Impact Doctrine!

This morning the Supreme Court affirmed the fact that the doctrine of disparate impact applies to the application of the Fair Housing Act. This is a major victory for civil rights and all Americans seeking equal and fair access to housing in America. You can link to the court’s decision at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-1371_m64o.pdf

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National Fair Housing Alliance Condemns House’s Multiple Assaults on Fair Housing – Funding Bill Attacks Local and National Efforts to Fight Discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC –The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a funding bill late Tuesday that will prohibit local fair housing agencies and HUD from effectively enforcing the Fair Housing Act on multiple fronts.  Lawmakers approved language that eliminates federal grant funding to local nonprofit fair housing centers making it easier for banks, landlords, and other […]

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Housing Center Joins NFHA in HUD Complaint Against Fannie Mae for Failure to Maintain REO Inventory in Cleveland

This morning, the Housing Center filed a complaint against Fannie Mae with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of an investigation with the National Fair Housing Alliance and 18 other NFHA member organizations. This complaint is based on Fannie Mae’s consistently poor maintenance and marketing of its properties in middle- and […]

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Housing Center Files HUD Complaint Against Fannie Mae Over Neglected Properties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 19 local fair housing organizations announced the filing with HUD of a housing discrimination complaint against Fannie Mae, one of the largest owners of foreclosed homes in the United States. The civil rights groups allege that Fannie Mae maintains and markets its foreclosures (also […]

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Higher demand, lower wages reduces ‘buying power’ for Cleveland-area renters – By Judy Stringer, Cleveland.com

May 10, 2015 at 5:00 A – If it seems harder to find your dream apartment – or afford it – you are not imagining things. In Cuyahoga County, the overall demand for rental housing is increasing, according to a recently released report from the Cleveland-based Housing Research and Advocacy Center. The Housing Center’s analysis […]

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NFHA Report Links Fair Housing to Health, Education, Transit, Wealth, and Job Opportunities

 WASHINGTON, DC–Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) released its 2015 Fair Housing Trends Report, “Where You Live Matters.”  The report features the importance of fair housing in ensuring access to a quality education, transit options, health care, job opportunities and healthy food.  The report also discusses the state of fair housing from a national […]

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“HOME EXPO 2015” in Shaker Heights!

Think Spring – and Home Improvement!  Come to “HOME EXPO 2015” on April 22, 2015, from 4-8 p.m., at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, 3450 Lee Road, in Shaker Heights, for an informational fair. This free event is open to all homeowners, tenants, landlords, condo owners and associations, and real estate professionals to help […]

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