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NFHTA Forum | Housing Segregation Is Not an Accident: A Black History Month Event


February 16, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST




"The unwavering commitment of civil rights leaders, the community of people who were willing to follow the call to action and justice should encourage us. Now, as we assemble today, I ask you to commit to understanding this very history. I ask you to commit to building our cultural competencies regarding the experiences of marginalized communities in this nation. And starting in February, with the Black History Experience, couldn't be more fitting. So, I challenge you to recognize also your own biases. Myself included. We all have them. This will serve you and the fair housing movement very well, as together we combat inequities in systems that, by design, mind you, have led to significant gaps in opportunities for far, far too many."

Demetria McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD

The United States is racially and economically divided. Today's inequalities were centuries in the making - resulting from discriminatory government housing policies, restrictive covenants, housing industry practices, individual acts of housing discrimination, and local zoning and land use barriers. Current policies and practices may reinforce and perpetuate segregation and inequity, leading to significant racial gaps in homeownership and wealth. To commemorate Black History Month, this forum panel reviewed the historical actions that created segregated neighborhoods, current manifestations of housing-related discrimination, and some of the solutions that can be achieved through effective enforcement of fair housing laws and affirmatively furthering fair housing. More than 1,243 people joined the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) for this public forum celebrating Black History Month. It provided opportunities for reflection on the importance of fair housing work and offered various calls to action for fair housing professionals to commit to leadership roles in establishing and implementing an equity agenda for all people.


  1. Welcome from moderator, Cashauna Hill, Executive Director at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
  2. Opening remarks by Demetria McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
  3. Introduction of panelists:
    • Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow with Economic Policy Institute, and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
    • Lisa Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Fair Housing Alliance
    • Ken Scott Managing Director-Consumer Fairness, Citi
  4. Presentation and discussion by panelists on:
    • History of discrimination in housing and related markets that created segregation
    • Government policies and programs that contributed to segregation
    • Private market actions that contributed to segregation
    • Current policies and practices that perpetuate discrimination
    • Solutions to reverse the legacy and costs of housing discrimination and segregation
    • The role of government in affirmatively furthering fair housing
  5. Question and answer session moderated by Ms. Hill
  6. Closing remarks by Demetria McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD

A video of the forum has been posted on this page, along with a transcript of the conversation and a robust resources list for your continued reference.

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehend the long history of housing discrimination and segregation
  • Describe government policies that established a discriminatory housing market
  • Increase understanding of how current discriminatory housing policies and practices perpetuate segregation
  • Identify the connections between the costs of segregation to individuals, communities, and the entire nation
  • Recognize how fair housing laws and practices that affirmatively further fair housing may be used to reverse discriminatory housing policies and decrease the racial gaps in homeownership and wealth


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


FHEO Leadership Remarks

Demetria McCain Bio

Demetria McCain

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD

Live Roundtable

Cashauna Hill Bio

Cashauna Hill

Executive Director
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center


Lisa Rice Bio

Lisa Rice

President and CEO
National Fair Housing Alliance


Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein

Distinguished Fellow
Economic Policy Institute


Kenneth Scott Bio Picture

Kenneth Scott

Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, Consumer Fairness


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