Fair Housing Project Director
Legal Aid of Arkansas
For over nine years, Mr. Auer has focused on litigating housing discrimination, civil rights, subsidized housing, eviction defense, and foreclosure defense. He created, built, and led Arkansas’s only private fair housing (FHIP) program representing complainants in enforcing meritorious claims of housing discrimination, engaging community partners by providing education and outreach, and conducting fair housing investigations across Arkansas. Mr. Auer has provided fair housing training to housing and consumer organizations including public housing authorities, homeless shelters, and consumer credit counseling agencies; he has been a featured speaker on “Speak Up Arkansas” discussing housing and tenant rights.
In 2019, Mr. Auer assisted a group of Marshallese tenants in bringing an administrative fair housing complaint for national origin discrimination against a Northwest Arkansas apartment complex. After over a year of investigation and litigation, he helped secure multiple conciliation agreements which provided for nearly $70,000 in cash payments and debt forgiveness to the tenants and required the apartment complex to affirmatively market to the Marshallese community and track racial statistics at the complex to ensure that the discrimination stopped.
Mr. Auer continues his advocacy and support to fair housing through his role in developing and delivering courses for NFHTA.