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NFHTA Forum | Combating Appraisal Bias Series: Building Fair Housing Partnerships


March 15, 2023 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT




Home appraisals must be fair and unbiased for all. When a home is improperly undervalued by an appraiser, it hurts the homeowner and the surrounding community. Undervaluation of homes based on race exacerbates the racial wealth divide. Ensuring that home appraisals are accurate, objective, and free from bias is essential if families of all races, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and income levels are to prosper and pursue successfully the American dream of homeownership.

This forum is designed to strengthen the partnership between Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP), housing counseling agencies (HCAs), and Appraisal Certification/Licensing Boards so that they may work together effectively to identify and combat appraisal bias. Part of the Combating Appraisal Bias Series, this final session will take a closer look at practical steps FHIPs, FHAPs, HCAs, and Appraisal Certification/Licensing Boards can take to combat appraisal bias utilizing the protections under the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), and state and local fair housing and lending laws. The conversation will also focus on strategies to educate and empower consumers who may be victims. Plus, a discussion on the types of collaborations and partnerships that are effective in combating the appraisal discrimination.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn about created partnerships between FHAPs, FHIPs, housing counseling agencies, and Appraisal Certification/Licensing Boards that address housing discrimination in the home appraisal process
  • Explore the potential for new partnerships and initiatives to combat appraisal bias
  • Hear creative solutions beyond filing cases to address appraisal bias
  • Gain understanding from a Regulator's perspective regarding how the Fair Housing Act and ECOA apply to the appraisal industry
  • Receive strategies, tools, and resources to assist Fair Housing agencies and their partners educate consumers about appraisal bias and empower them to act if they believe they have experienced this form of housing discrimination


This forum is targeted to HUD-funded fair housing organizations (i.e., FHIP and FHAP professionals), fair housing partners (e.g., legal service providers and civil rights advocates), and HUD approved HCAs.


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Live Roundtable

Cashauna Hill Bio

Cashauna Hill

Executive Director
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center


Patrick Williams Bio

Patrick Williams

Manager of Fair Housing Investigation
Texas Workforce Commission


Frances A. Reese Seeger Bio

Frances A. Reese Seeger

Fair Housing Intake Supervisor
Texas Workforce Commission


Melissa Tran Bio

Melissa Tran

Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB)


Caroline Peattie Bio

Caroline Peattie

Executive Director
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California


Latisha Carlisle Bio

Latisha Carlisle

Vice President of Housing Programs
National Association of Real Estate Brokers-Investment Division-Housing Counseling Agency


About the Forums

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.

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