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Field Guide to Fair Housing

(Updated April 2014)       

The Fair Housing Act was passed 46 years ago but it has evolved over time in response to societal changes. HUD has proposed the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” initiative, which seeks to expand fair housing choice, eliminate racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, and reduce disparities in access to important community assets such as quality schools, job centers, and transit. This Field Guide provides updated Fair Housing information, links to short documentaries and videos, and helpful resources for REALTORS®. (F. Heller, Manager, Library & Archives)

Fair Housing Resources for REALTORS® 

How to Talk About Fair Housing and Diverse Homeownership, (National Association of REALTORS®, Feb 2014)

REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration, (National Association of REALTORS®).

NAR Fair Housing Resources, (National Association of REALTORS®).

Equal Housing Opportunity Logo, (National Association of REALTORS®).

What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity in Housing (Item 166-799, REALTOR.org Store)

NAR Fair Housing Video (Item 166-150D, REALTOR.org Store)

NAR "At Home With Diversity" Course, (National Association of REALTORS®).

39 Steps Toward Fair Housing, (HUD brochure).

Equal Housing Opportunity Poster, (HUD).

HUD Fair Housing Brochures [in several languages], (HUD).

Fair Housing News

Fair-housing group accuses bank of discrimination, (PilotOnline.com, Mar. 12, 2014).

An Overview of HUD’s Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, (Fair Housing Council of Oregon, Jan. 15, 2014).

A Battle for fair housing still raging, but mostly forgotten, (NPR.org, Dec. 2, 2013).

Affirmatively further: reviving the fair housing act’s integrationist purpose, (NYU Law Review, Dec. 2013).

Mount Holly settlement spares Fair Housing Act – for now, (MSNBC, Nov. 15, 2013).

Gender identity added to the Code of Ethics, (REALTOR® Magazine, Nov. 12, 2013).

Fair housing means everyone, (The HUDdle, May 17, 2013).

IDX and the Fair Housing Act, (National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 2013).

NAR Legal Podcast: Fair Housing Act and IDX, (Former NAR General Counsel Laurie Janik addresses a subscriber's potential liability under the Fair Housing Act for using Internet Data Exchange (IDX) content on his or her website. NOTE: login required), (National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 2013). 

A new tool for enforcing fair-housing rules, (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 22, 2013).

HUD issues rule formalizing standard on discriminatory effects in housing, (HUD.gov, Feb. 8, 2013).

Living apart: How the government betrayed a landmark civil rights law, (ProPublica.org, Oct. 29, 2012).

Fair Housing – How to deal with discrimination, (U.S. Dept. of Health Office of Refugee Resettlement, Sept. 27, 2012).

NAR bars sexual orientation discrimination, (REALTOR® Magazine online, Nov. 9, 2010).

Videos, Reports, Websites

Seven Days – Short film highlighting how the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King sparked passage of the Fair Housing Act just 7 days after his death, (Animal.com, Feb. 2014).

Fair housing video series for the deaf and hard of hearing, (HUD, Jan. 7, 2014).

A Matter of Place – Documentary film highlighting housing discrimination, (FairHousingJustice.org, Oct. 3, 2013).

HUD’s “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing; Proposed Rule”, (HUD, July 19, 2013).

Summary of HUD’s Notice of proposed rulemaking on affirmatively furthering Fair Housing, (HUD, July 19, 2013).

Modernizing the Fair Housing Act for the 21st Century, (National Fair Housing Alliance, Apr. 11, 2013).

Housing discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities 2012, (U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, June 2013).

Fair Housing in a Changing Nation, (National Fair Housing Alliance, Apr. 30, 2012).

Trying Too Hard to Help: Fair Housing and Unintentional Discrimination, (REALTOR® TV video, 2011).

Fair Housing Enforcement,(U.S. Department of Justice).

The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals

NAR Fair Housing Program

HUD Fair Housing

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Challenges of the Housing Economy, (Adobe EPUB; Adobe PDF; Kindle; OverDrive)

From Foreclosure to Fair Lending, Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit, (Adobe EPUB; Adobe PDF; Kindle; OverDrive)

Housing Segregation in Suburban America since 1960, (Adobe PDF)

Making Housing More Affordable, (Adobe EPUB; Adobe PDF; Kindle; OverDrive)

The Color of Wealth, (Adobe eReader; Kindle)

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