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


June 16, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT




"The combined effects of the pandemic, lack of affordable housing, and our eviction crisis makes this a problem of just inestimable magnitude."

Steve Tomkowiak, Executive Director, Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disparate impact on people of color and those in other protected classes, resulting in higher rates of infection and higher rates of unemployment. This has a profound impact on renters of color, who are much more vulnerable to losing their homes through eviction, especially as eviction moratoria are lifted and assistance programs end or fail to adequately reach them.

The National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) hosted a public forum focusing on the impact of the eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic. This forum contained information about housing assistance programs that may help prevent eviction, specified 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. Over 850 fair housing partners joined us in this critical conversation.

Note: NFHTA's July National Fair Housing Forum will address the pending foreclosure crisis.


  1. Welcome from Lynn Grosso, Director of Office of Enforcement and Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  2. HUD Leadership announcement regarding partnership funds for FHAP collaboration with community-based organizations for fair housing testing, education, and outreach; special enforcement funds; and FHIP support under the American Rescue Plan.
  3. Introduction of moderator, Peggy Bailey, Senior Advisor on Rental Assistance for Office of the Secretary at HUD, and introduction of panelists:
    • Chancela Al-Mansour, Executive Director, Housing Rights Center
    • Erin Kemple, Executive Director, Connecticut Fair Housing Center
    • Steve Tomkowiak, Executive Director, Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
  4. Presentation and discussion by panelists on:
    • The effects of the eviction moratorium during the pandemic on people of color and others in protected classes.
    • The status of eviction moratoria.
    • Current rental assistance programs.
    • Legal standards for combating eviction as a fair housing violation.
    • Tools to stop evictions that violate fair housing laws.
    • Potential partnerships between FHIP and FHAP agencies and local legal aid organizations.
  5. Question and answer session moderated by Ms. Bailey.

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

Forum participants will:

  • Understand how COVID-19 has had disparate housing impacts on people in protected classes and communities of color and how it has led to a looming eviction crisis with potential fair housing implications.
  • Know more about eviction moratoria and assistance programs that may prevent eviction.
  • Understand the legal framework for a fair housing solution to an eviction case.
  • Know about fair housing issues in eviction processing and how to address those issues.
  • Know how to assist those who have been discriminated against in the foreclosure or eviction process.
  • Know more about fair housing, housing counseling, and legal services resources for combatting eviction.


This forum is targeted to Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) organizations, Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies, Housing Counseling Agencies, legal services providers, and other interested fair housing partners.


Moderator and Panelist Bios

Peggy Bailey

Peggy Bailey

Senior Advisor, Rental Assistance
Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


Lynn Grosso

Lynn Grosso

Director, Office of Enforcement and Programs

Emcee and Panelist

Chancela Al-Mansour

Chancela Al-Mansour

Executive Director
Housing Rights Center


Erin Kemple

Erin Kemple

Executive Director
Connecticut Fair Housing Center


Steve Tomkowiak

Steve Tomkowiak

Executive Director
Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit


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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