National Fair Housing Forums
Conversations on Emerging Issues


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Most forums are relevant to all FHIP and FHAP partner staff. When a forum is designed for specific FHIP and FHAP staff roles, the audience is noted (e.g. executive director, investigator, testing coordinator).

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Forums are online conversations designed to allow multi-directional interactions between HUD and its FHIP and FHAP partners around emerging fair housing issues regarding processing complaints, conducting investigations, and managing agencies. Topics will evolve based on partner needs and interests, and will include conversations on race, assistance animals, accessibility, design and construction, testing, and governance.

Most Recent Forum

Mining the Data: Algorithmic Bias in Housing Related Transactions

January 19, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Algorithmic-based data systems are increasingly relied on to screen potential rental applicants, underwrite home mortgage loans, insure residential properties, and for other housing-related purposes. This forum will examine bias in data and technology and discuss solutions for eliminating injustice in algorithmic-based systems.

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Forum Archive


Strategies for LGBTQI+ and Gender Identity Housing Discrimination Investigations

November 17, 2021

This forum outlined how sexual orientation and gender identity are covered by the Fair Housing Act, establish what constitutes a prima facie case of discrimination, provide some training to improve cultural competency in this field, and specify testing and investigative tools that may be utilized to investigate cases that allege discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Combating Housing-Related Harassment and Hate Crimes Against the AANHPI Community

October 20, 2021

This forum provided information about the recent nature and extent of harassment and violence against the AANHPI community; outline the potential mental health consequences of such actions; specify how harassment and hate crimes may violate fair housing laws; and provide strategies and tools that fair housing practitioners and attorneys can utilize to investigate and combat harassment and hate crimes against the AANHPI community.

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Strategies for Investigating Discriminatory Residential Appraisals

September 15, 2021

This forum focused on understanding the fundamentals of the appraisal process, comprehensive strategies and approaches to conducting appraisal bias investigations, and exploring discriminatory impact and treatment theory in appraisal investigations.

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Post-COVID Mortgage Forbearance Options and Preventing Discriminatory Foreclosures

July 21, 2021

This forum contained information about housing assistance programs and loss mitigation strategies that may help prevent foreclosures; specify how a foreclosure may violate fair housing laws; and provide resources and tools that fair housing practitioners, attorneys, and housing counselors can utilize to prevent discriminatory foreclosures.

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On the Brink: The Looming Eviction Crisis of the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 16, 2021

This forum focused on how eviction could be a fair housing violation and provided resources and tools that fair housing practitioners, attorneys, and housing counselors can utilize to combat evictions that violate the Fair Housing Act.

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Collateral Damage: The Consequences of Racial Bias in the Residential Appraisal Process

May 19, 2021

This forum focused on how fair housing laws can be used to challenge discriminatory appraisals and help build wealth in communities of color.

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LGBTQ+: Fostering Understanding and Strengthening Fair Housing for All

April 14, 2021

This forum focused on preventing and combating housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Speakers discussed how, together, we can all ensure equal access and fair housing for the LGBTQ community.

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Investigating Complaints of Sexual Harassment in Housing Situations

July 9, 2020

This forum focused on investigation of complaints of sexual harassment in housing situations, strategies to investigate and prevent sexual harassment in housing, and sexual harassment cases on which HUD, DOJ, and NFHA have collaborated.

This forum complements the preceding forum entitled A Conversation on Sexual Harassment.

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A Conversation on Sexual Harassment in Housing Situations

June 25, 2020

This forum focused on HUD and DOJ's priority to fully investigate and prevent sexual harassment in housing, and how FHIP and FHAP organizations can assist victims.

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Disclaimer: The National Fair Housing Forum webinar series provides training by and to HUD partners, including entities and persons participating in HUD's Fair Housing Assistance Program and its Fair Housing Initiatives Program. The series offers multidirectional idea sharing in real-time. The views offered by speakers and participants do not necessarily reflect HUD's views. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, documents provided as part of the webinar were created and maintained by other public and private organizations and may not reflect HUD's official position. HUD-produced guidance documents, except when based on statutory or regulatory authority or law, do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. Such guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or HUD policies. The information is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. Please refer to relevant laws and regulations and/or your own legal advisor before taking any action based on information appearing on this site or any site to which it may be linked. Some materials have been translated into languages other than English; slight variations may have resulted from the translation.

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