Who Should Decide When a Fairness Ordinance Isn’t Necessary? – Fair Housing Five for June 3, 2016

Summer’s finally here, and with it is a return to our regularly scheduled Fair Housing Five updates. This month goes border to border as we’ve got fair housing news from Eastern Kentucky to the far western edges of the state (okay, admittedly, it’s a small skip outside of the Kentucky border) and several spots in-between. … Read more…

Kentucky Pushes to Expand Fair Housing Rights to Residents – Fair Housing 5 for March 4, 2016

Although March is named after the Roman god of war and steward of agriculture, we’d like to think of the month as anything but war-like. Unfortunately, historians disagree about which Roman god was the god of fair housing (although Minerva or Janus would be two awesome candidates to be our fair housing patron), so we … Read more…

Fair Housing Implications of the Flint Water Crisis – Fair Housing 5 for February 5, 2016

With the start of the new year, a slight tweak was made to the frequency of the Fair Housing 5 posts. Instead of producing a new post every Friday, the FH5 will now be published only ever first Friday of the month. But who knows, this schedule may change again as the flow of the … Read more…

Is This the Future of Affordable Housing? – Fair Housing 5 for January 8, 2016

It’s a new year, but unfortunately most of the same housing problems will follow us from 2015. In our first post of 2016, we highlight some innovative ways some are trying to address the shortage of affordable housing in Lexington, as well as what has been happening fair-housing wise across the country in the past … Read more…

Addressing Disability Discrimination within an Ableist Society – Fair Housing 5 for December 21, 2015

In our penultimate FH5 post for 2015, the main focus for this week will be one of the most common types of housing discrimination we encounter: disability discrimination. Whether it’s new buildings that are constructed without appropriate accessibility or confusion about housing providers and tenants regarding emotional support animals, complaints of discrimination come in various … Read more…

A Year in Housing in Louisville – Fair Housing 5 for December 11, 2015

The Metropolitan Housing Coalition in Louisville released their annual State of Metropolitan Housing Report this week. The report discusses several issues facing Louisville’s housing market, including the continuing decline of the median income of Louisville residents, the increase in Black residents living in poverty, and the concentration of low income housing in some of Louisville’s … Read more…

Refugees and Housing Discrimination – Fair Housing 5 for December 4, 2015

The resettlement of Syrian refugees has been at the top of the headlines in recent weeks, and so this week’s FH5 will focus on how the Fair Housing Act protects people from being discriminated against on the basis of their national origin. When most people think of protections from housing discrimination based on a person’s … Read more…

How Insidious is Lending Discrimination? – Fair Housing 5 for November 20, 2015

Our staff here at Lexington Fair Housing Council regularly speaks to prospective first-time home-buyers who may be vulnerable to discriminatory lending practices. Those forms of discrimination can manifest as, to just name a couple of examples, imposing different terms or conditions because of your race or by inquiring about any plans of yours to have … Read more…

How Arrest Records Lock People out of Homes – Fair Housing 5 for November 13, 2015

Given what we know about the prison population’s demographics, it seems inevitable that the practice of denying housing to someone who has been charged or convicted with a crime will collide with the Fair Housing Act’s definition of disparate impact. For now, though, arrest records like the one described below will continue to obstruct many … Read more…

All Eyes on SCOTUS (Again) – Fair Housing 5 for November 6, 2015

Earlier this year, fair housing advocates and activists breathed a collective sigh of relief when the U.S. Supreme Court preserved the disparate impact component of the Fair Housing Act, which is a key tool for discrimination investigations and charges. While the decision marked a key victory for housing justice, another case that could have a … Read more…